Academic publishing doesn’t add up | Technology | The Observer

Another decent article about the absurdity of the academic publishing model.

What surprises me is that the billionaire publishers of stuff we provide for free, review for free, edit for free and then sign away copyright (which is sometimes not even ours to give) so that we can buy back our publicly funded work at ludicrous prices, do not seem to have any defense worth making. You’d think they try harder, given they can afford to buy the best marketers and spinners in the business. Maybe the argument is impossible to make.

Address of the bookmark:

I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor and Associate Dean, Learning & Assessment, at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology, and I teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems. I am a proud Canadian, though I was born in the UK. I am married, with two grown-up children, and three growing-up grandchildren. We all live in beautiful Vancouver.

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