Scholarly publishing: why not co-operatives?

The widespread perception that publishers are ripping off their customers must be addressed. Anthony Haynes argues that, rather than an open access model, a co-operative publishing model would be a more welcome component to the industry mix. As scholars and libraries themselves partake in mutual ownership of journals, books and grey literature, there would be little incentive for high profits to accumulate unnecessarily. I’m a member […]

Openness has won – now what?

Martin Weller declares the openness battle to have been won. However, this means that new and murkier battle-lines are being drawn. Open vs closed has been replaced with a set of more complex, nuanced debates. As we start the new year and survey the open education landscape, it’s hard not to conclude that openness has prevailed. The victory may not be […]

January 15th, 2013|Open Access|0 Comments|

We may be closer to ‘Peak Elsevier’, but investors and the stock market need to be spooked by bad publicity before the company’s practices change.

As the academic boycott of Elsevier grew, the company’s stock prices fell, but is this really an indication of the future collapse of the publisher? Cameron Neylon considers the need for a large-scale scare of investors in order to force the publisher to change its way of working and wonders how close academics are to ‘Peak Elsevier’. Understanding how a process […]

Neither our current publishing models nor reliance on the tooth fairy will support academia in the digital world: we must consider logical solutions to fund digital scholarship

In a response to Gill Kirkup’s questioning of how to fund digital scholarship, Martin Weller argues that current publishing economic models are not sustainable in a digital world and tackles the funding questions that surround open access publishing, scholarship and education.   My colleague, Gill Kirkup, asks this question of digital scholarship, and it’s a good question – one I usually […]

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