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Publishing in Uncertain Times: Open or Closed?



Universities across Europe have started to take hard lines against academic publishers, calling into question the high margins commercial publishers make with the work of academics. We are in a time of change, where open-access publishing  is considered ever more important. While there are a lot of good arguments for publishing your article open-access, this might be a difficult choice for early career scholars when thinking of the importance still being paid to publications in renowned journals by universities when recruiting academics .

 What’s the best publishing strategy for early career scholars: To continue publishing in high-ranked journals or to consider publishing in open-access journals?

We invited persons who have given the topic a lot of thought, and who would be interested to hear your thoughts!

  •  Martin Kretschmer (Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of CREATe Centre, University of Glasgow)
  • Peter Drahos (Professor of Law and Governance at EUI Law Department)
  • Pep Torn (Director, EUI Library)

Moderated by: Annika Zorn (Academic Service) 



 Academic research output is usually published in the form of journal articles or books by commercial publishers (e.g. Elsevier one of the world’s most profitable companies with a profit margin of 36.8% in 2017 ). The commercial publishing industry (and their high marginal profits) of the have become target of heavy criticism by the open-access movement over the past 15 years. The main argument by open-access campaigners is, that research output of academics that had been paid for by public money, should be made freely available to the public. Some publisher have since changed their strategy and now ask authors to pay a fee (of up to several thousand Euro) in case they wish their article to be made accessible for free to the public.



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