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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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  • Doh-Shin Jeon & Domenico Menicucci, 2008. "Interconnection among academic journal platforms: Multilateral versus bilateral interconnection," Economics Working Papers 1074, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Oct 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:upf:upfgen:1074
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    1. Doh‐Shin Jeon & Domenico Menicucci, 2011. "Interconnection among academic journal websites: multilateral versus bilateral interconnection," RAND Journal of Economics, RAND Corporation, vol. 42(2), pages 363-386, June.

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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
    • K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law
    • L41 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media

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