The economic implications of alternative publishing models

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Houghton, John and Oppenheim, C (2010) The economic implications of alternative publishing models. Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, 28 (1). pp. 41-54. ISSN 0810-9028 (print) 1470-1030 (online)


A knowledge economy has been defined as one in which the generation and exploitation of knowledge has come to play the predominant part in the creation of wealth. It is not simply about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge; it is also about the more effective use and exploitation of all types of knowledge in all manner of economic activities. One key question is whether there are new opportunities and new models for scholarly publishing that might better serve researchers and more effectively communicate and disseminate research findings. Building on previous work, this paper looks at the costs and potential benefits of alternative models for scientific and scholarly publishing, describing the approach and methods used and summarising the findings of a study undertaken for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom. It concludes that different publishing models can make a material difference to the costs faced and benefits realised from research communication, and it seems likely that more open access to findings from publicly funded research would have substantial net benefits.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/08109021003676359
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > SEO Classification > 9101 Macroeconomics
Keywords ResPubID20509, publishing models, self-archiving, scholarly publishing, scientific publishing, potential benefits, estimating costs, potential impacts, cost-effectiveness
Citations in Scopus 31 - View on Scopus
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