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The economic implications of alternative publishing models

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posted on 2010-05-05, 14:37 authored by John Houghton, Charles Oppenheim
A knowledge economy has been defined as one in which the generation and exploitation of knowledge has come to play the predominant part in the creation of wealth. It is not simply about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge; it is also about the more effective use and exploitation of all types of knowledge in all manner of economic activities. One key question is whether there are new opportunities and new models for scholarly publishing that might better serve researchers and more effectively communicate and disseminate research findings. Building on previous work, this paper looks at the costs and potential benefits of alternative models for scientific and scholarly publishing, describing the approach and methods used and summarising the findings of a study undertaken for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom. It concludes that different publishing models can make a material difference to the costs faced and benefits realised from research communication, and it seems likely that more open access to findings from publicly funded research would have substantial net benefits.



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HOUGHTON, J.W. and OPPENHEIM, C., 2010. The economic implications of alternative publishing models. Prometheus, 28 (1), pp.41-54.


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This article was published in the journal, Prometheus and it is freely available as an open access article at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08109021003676359




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