University research funded with taxpayer’s money is being privatized and made virtually inaccessible by a handful of private academic publishers and corporations. This commercialization of scientific knowledge is happening in a context of increasing governmental cuts and educational policies that encourage aggressive competition between and within universities and its workers.
This situation raises important questions: What actually happens to our articles once we submit them to academic publishers? According to what kind of property regimes do these academic journals operate?
Why do universities continue to pay astronomical prices to academic publishers to access the very knowledge that is produced within their own establishments? Moreover what is the logic behind the coercive accountability of journal rankings and impact factors, and how have these become institutional tools to measure the quality of researchers and their scholarship? In this context, what are our rights and responsibilities as researchers and what can we do to ensure open access to scientific knowledge?
Resources on publishing
- A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform, New York Times (16 April 2012)
- Open Sesame When research is funded by the taxpayer or by charities, the results should be available to all without charge, the Economist (14 April 2012)
- Princeton goes open access to stop staff handing all copyrights to journals – unless waiver granted (28 september 2011)
- Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist. Academic publishers charge vast fees to access research paid for by us. Down with the knowledge monopoly racketeers (29 august 2011), by Georges Monbiot
- Journal Publishing Reforms
- What’s wrong with scholarly publishing today
Resources on the working in academia
- Beautiful Transgressions | the messiness of motherhood in the marketised university, Ceasefire 14th of June 2012
- Beautiful Transgressions | And Still We Rise: On the Violence of Marketisation in Higher Education, Ceasefire 1st of March 2012
Open access journals