The poverty of journal publishing

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The article opens with a critical analysis of the dominant business model of for-profit, academic publishing, arguing that the extraordinarily high profits of the big publishers are dependent upon a double appropriation that exploits both academic labour and universities’ financial resources. Against this model, we outline four possible responses: the further development of open access repositories, a fair trade model of publishing regulation, a renaissance of the university presses, and, finally, a move away from private, for-profit publishing companies toward autonomous journal publishing by editorial boards and academic associations.
Translated title of the contributionDie Armut der Zeitschriftenverlage
Original languageEnglish
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)929-938
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 01.11.2012

    Research areas

  • Management studies - academic publishing, appropriation, cultural industry, exploitation, free labour, journals, political economy, research, university