In Search of Solutions for Scholarly Publishing

Karen Winkler, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Oct 06, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Trandscript of the discussion with Cathy Davidson, author of the article Understanding the Economic Burden of Scholarly Publishing, covered here last week. Some fascinating (and puzzling) comments: "In the short run, once commercial publishers find they cannot price-gauge, I'm sure they will get out of the business." Um, no, that's not how it works. The format of the discussion is frustrating: participants get only one question, and are nto able to challenge the sometimes dubious responses. Gosh, it's all so sanitized. I'd like to see Peter Suber or Stevan Harnad actually exchange comments with her.
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