[Air-L] open-source journals?

Christian Fuchs christian.fuchs at sbg.ac.at
Sun Sep 30 10:21:32 PDT 2007

Barry Wellman schrieb:
> I received the note below, as perhaps many of you did.
> It raised several questions:
> 1. They use the term Open Source, but I can't get into and modify or
> comment on the articles (something I'd dearly love to do in some
> journals). Isn't this really Open Access?
then it is probably more open content with limits than open source.

> 2. What's their business model? Suspicious guy that I am, I looked for
> submission fees (couldn't find a mention) or advertiser-supported (ibid.).
> Somebody has to pay for admin and editing costs. I doubt they will get
> many library sales -- even the huge U of Toronto library basically says NO
> NEW JOURNALS. And they don't seem to be supported by a non-profit willing
> to absorb the costs.
i would appreciate if there is no business model at all, but don't know 
if that is the case. basically the idea that you publish a journal 
open-access on the Internet is very powerful because:
a) it is immediate and hence authors don't have to wait for months or 
years (as in the case of most journals) that their ideas get published.
b) there is no limitation of space, which allows to write longer 
articles and not to be governed by one-dimensional economization that 
limits space due to economic interests.
c) publication is cheap
d) the journal reaches many people, because access to the Internet is 
easier than purchasing an expensive subscription and access is easier 
than having to be part of a university that pays for journal access 
(which will only give you access to a limited range of journals, 
especially under conditions of neoliberal economization), which limits 
access both in terms of number of people and number of journals.

of course there i also drawbacks i can think of, e.g. Internet journals 
are unfortunately thus-far hardly accepted for the SCSI, hard copies do 
have a certain symbolic meaning, much of the labour contributed will be 
what tiziana terranova has describes as "free labour", i.e. a novel form 
of exploitation, etc., the potential difference between speed and 
reliability (which is not an automatic effect)

i like the idea of open content journals.


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> Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 05:30:31 -0800
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> Subject: Scholars Retain Copyright with New Journals
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Univ.Ass. Dr. Christian Fuchs
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