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But what have you done for me lately? Commercial Publishing; Scholarly Communication; and Open-Access


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  • John P. Conley

    (Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University; Nashville; TN 37235-1819)

  • Myrna Wooders

    (Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University; Nashville; TN 37235-1819)


We discuss our experience in both commercial and open-access publishing. We argue that; in the papyrocentric (paper-centered) era before 1990; commercial publishers served a useful and necessary purpose. In the electronic era; post 2000; the academy has very little to gain from commercial publishers; who may actually impede rather than facilitate scholarly communication. We consider the costs of running an open-access journal and argue that they are considerably less than is commonly supposed. We describe the role of workflow and content-management software systems and how they can facilitate not only open-access journals; but also working-paper series; conference organization; scholarly societies; and other forms of scholarly communication.

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Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

Volume (Year): 39 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 71-87

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Handle: RePEc:eap:articl:v39:y:2009:i:1:p:71-87

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  1. The Economics of Open Access Publishing
    by Christian Zimmermann in RePEc blog on 2009-04-24 01:43:24


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