Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Dawn of the Zombie Journal: New Poster Celebrates History of OA Community Activism

Stephen Downes

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A 'zombie journal' in this context is a commercial (and usually closed access) journal that has been abandoned by its editors (and, presumably, most authors and readers) because of some dispute involving access or editorial control, and yet continues to be run by the publisher. A good example (and the inspiration for the term) was the remaining shell of a journal "following the mass resignation of editors at the Elsevier journal Lingua." The current article introduces us to a poster encouraging those who remain to abandon the zombie journal. It's also a bit of a plug for The Open Library of Humanities (OLH). But read it for the history and to clip and save the poster.

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