Academic publishing at a crossroads

Marc Couture, University Affairs, Jul 13, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"The shift towards open access is an opportunity to reform academic publishing to better serve the public interest," says Marc Couture. But the indifference of academics and institutions continues to allow publishers to extract millions from the system. "In theory, researchers have the upper hand in academic publishing," wrutes Couture. "They already do most of the work involved." But "the majority of researchers, the role of publishing is not so much to ensure the widest possible dissemination of their findings at the lowest cost, but to build up their standing and their professional portfolio." This entices them into a reputation system controlled by the publishers. Image: Paula Callan and Sarah Brown.

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