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Interconnection among academic journal platforms: Multilateral versus bilateral interconnection

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  • Doh-Shin Jeon
  • Domenico Menicucci

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Electronic academic journal websites provide new services of text and/or data mining and linking, indispensable for e¢ cient allocation of attention among abun- dant sources of scienti?c information. Fully realizing the bene?t of these services requires interconnection among websites. Motivated by CrossRef, a multilateral citation linking backbone, this paper performs a comparison between multilateral interconnection through an open platform and bilateral interconnection, and ?nds that publishers are fully interconnected in the former regime while they can be par- tially interconnected in the latter regime for exclusion or di¤erentiation motives. Surprisingly, if partial interconnection arises for di¤erentiation motive, exclusion of small publisher(s) occurs more often under multilateral interconnection. We also ?nd that in the case of multilateral interconnection, a for-pro?t platform induces less exclusion than an open platform. Various other extensions are analyzed.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in its series Economics Working Papers with number 1074.

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Date of creation: Mar 2008
Date of revision: Oct 2009
Handle: RePEc:upf:upfgen:1074

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Keywords: Multilateral Interconnection; Bilateral Interconnection; Academic Journals; Internet; Open Platform; For-profit platform;

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  1. Jeon, Doh-Shin & Menicucci, Domenico, 2009. "Interconnection among Academic Journal Websites: Multilateral versus Bilateral Interconnection," TSE Working Papers, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) 09-102, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).

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