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<nettime> J.Houghton & C.Oppenheim: The economic implications of alternative publishing models

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bwo John Armitage, with thanks


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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