Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption?

Simon Owens, U.S. News & World Report, Jul 24, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting article on open access journals, prompted by a recent statement from Harvard University on the issue, that covers the ground pretty well but is kinder to publishers than I would be. Case in point: "'The argument that the taxpayer pays for it, and therefore the taxpayer should have it for free, is weak in my view,' said Martin Frank, the executive director of the American Physiological Society. ' ... You and everyone else can identify the fact that there's lots of stuff in our society that has been developed through taxpayer dollars that we still end up paying for.'" Me, I probably wouldn't have run this argument on the ground that it is incoherent.

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