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The Politics of Academic Publishing

In my role on the editorial team of Political Geography, I’ve initiated a debate surrounding the role of corporate journal publishers (including, most notably, our publisher, Elsevier) at a time when national research councils, universities, scholars, and politicians are calling for open-access solutions.  Following my introduction, the set of commentaries features a guest editorial by Andrew Kirby, followed by responses from ACME editor Lawrence Berg and mathematician (and my Florida State colleague) Kate Petersen. Kate will undoubtedly be the first person ever to go up for tenure in the FSU Mathematics Department with a publication in Political Geography, which might turn a head or two on the Promotion & Tenure Committee.

Elsevier has agreed to put the entire dialogue on the open-access portion of the Political Geography website (this is either appropriate or ironic, depending on your perspective), so all of the links in the above paragraph are live, whether or not you are at an institution with a Political Geography subscription.


One comment on “The Politics of Academic Publishing

  1. […] politics of publishing. It was edited by Phil Steinberg, and here is some information about it on his blog. The debate is being published open access so anyone should be able to access the pieces from the […]

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