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Publishing as Prostitution? Choosing Between One�s Own Ideas and Academic Failure

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Survival in academia depends on publications in refereed journals. Authors only get their papers accepted if they intellectually prostitute themselves by slavishly following the demands made by anonymous referees without property rights on the journals they advise. Intellectual prostitution is neither beneficial to suppliers nor consumers. But it is avoidable. The editor (with property rights on the journal) should make the basic decision of whether a paper is worth publishing or not. The referees only give suggestions on how to improve the paper. The author may disregard this advice. This reduces intellectual prostitution and produces more original publications.

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  • Bruno S. Frey, "undated". "Publishing as Prostitution? Choosing Between One�s Own Ideas and Academic Failure," IEW - Working Papers 117, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
  • Handle: RePEc:zur:iewwpx:117
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    academic market; publications; economics of economics; intellectual prostitution;

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    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General

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