towards a University of the Commons

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?

Initiatives

Resources on publishing

Resources on the working in academia

Open access journals