The political economy of academic publishing
Pirie, Iain. (2009) The political economy of academic publishing. Historical Materialism, Vol.17 (No.3). pp. 31-60. ISSN 1465-4466Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/146544609X12469428108466
The digitisation of academic journals has created the technical possibility chat research can be made available to any interested party free of charge. This possibility has been undermined by the proprietary control that commercial publishers exercise over the majority of this material. The control of commercial publishers over publicly-funded research has been criticised by charitable bodies, politicians and academics themselves. While the existing critical literature on academic publishers has considerable value, it fails to link questions of control within the journal-industry to the wider restructuring of economic and social relations that has taken place over the last three decades. This article seeks to complement this literature by highlighting how broader profitability pressures and the subsequent attempts by state-managers to expand the social space for capitalist accumulation have structured the development of the journal-industry.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Historical Materialism|
|Number of Pages:||30|
|Page Range:||pp. 31-60|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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