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Heterodox economics and the future of academic publishing

Peter E. Earl (School of Economics, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 26 September 2008

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the role that academic publishers have historically played and how this is being undermined by the revolution in information and communications technology. A central issue here is that of copyright. Although authors need to be protected against plagiarists, the main role of publishers' control over copyright is to generate profits for the publisher by limiting access.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper explores some open‐access models for academic publishing, the first involving a heterodox economics library portal and the second a more general open peer quality review site.

Findings

It identifies a residual role for commercial academic publishers in the new guise of fee‐for‐service providers of refereeing services, whose accreditations may accelerate the uptake of scholarly contributions.

Originality/value

The paper examines the role that academic publishers have historically played and how this is being undermined by the revolution in information and communications technology.

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Citation

Earl, P.E. (2008), "Heterodox economics and the future of academic publishing", On the Horizon, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 205-213. https://doi.org/10.1108/10748120810912538

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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