The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era

Vincent Larivière, Stefanie Haustein, Philippe Mongeon, PLOS ONE, Jun 13, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm not exactly sure you'd need a study to reach this conclusion, but hey, more data and evidence can't hurt. "Unfortunately, researchers are still dependent on one essentially symbolic function of publishers, which is to allocate academic capital, thereby explaining why the scientific community is so dependent on ‘The Most Profitable Obsolete Technology in History’". Via Inside Higher Ed.

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