[Irtalk] The Commons of Scholarly Communication: Beyond the Firm (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 12:12:16 SAST 2015

*Successfully and effectively accomplished, open-access publishing in
scholarship will organize and give structure to a set of circumstances
already crystallizing in some fields of the academy: the translation of our
basic mission—that is, communicating ideas between researchers and
scholars—into a commons between peers rather than a market between
consumers and producers.* Rather than a system in which the interests of
authors and publishers are structurally misaligned (i.e., scholars are not
incentivized by monetary return, but publishers in a firm structure must
be), open-access publishing can give us a system in which these interests
are finally and synergistically harmonized. Revered though the old order
may be, heretical though the idea may seem, it is time for us—at long
last—to untie the cat.

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