A great explanation for how peer-review, open science, and academic journal publishing clash with each other

A very bright and concise way of explaining the economic implications of the peer-review process

Open science, Freedom of Information and the Big Journal monopoly | by Martin Robbins @mjrobbins | Science | guardian.co.uk

Peer-review is a privatized industry in which public interest is an externality. The public pay for raw research to be performed, but we don’t pay for the peer-review or publishing necessary to turn it into the finished article – published research. Instead, academic journals are in the business of refining raw product and selling the result. In this case, the refined product is sold back to the research institutions who subscribe to it. Nobody pays for public access, and there’s no great incentive for publishers to provide it.

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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