The unintended consequences of Open Access publishing – and possible futures

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Journal publication in geography changed significantly in the late 20th century as its dominance by learned societies was captured by (large, multi-national) commercial organisations making large profits from freely-donated authors’ intellectual property. Further changes are now proposed, involving journals being freely accessible, sustained not by subscriptions but rather by author payments, which will enhance capitalist publishers’ profit-making potential and disadvantage authors. Alternatives are needed, returning to the earlier model whereby research papers are not treated as profit-making commodities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-12
Early online date25 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • Academic Capitalism
  • Journal Publishing
  • Open Access
  • Plan S


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