Crisis and transition: the economics of scholarly communication

Authors
Citation
Jw. Houghton, Crisis and transition: the economics of scholarly communication, LEARN PUBL, 14(3), 2001, pp. 167-176
Citations number
15
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Communication
Journal title
LEARNED PUBLISHING
ISSN journal
0953-1513 → ACNP
Volume
14
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
167 - 176
Database
ISI
SICI code
0953-1513(200107)14:3<167:CATTEO>2.0.ZU;2-0
Abstract
This paper explores the scholarly communication 'industry' using it product systems approach, scopes and sizes the Australian scholarly communication product system, and examines the economics behind its operation. We find th at the set of interrelationships between the market characteristics of info rmation and cost structures, patterns of demand and acquisition practices, and the forces encouraging increasing scholarly output go a long way toward s explaining the operation of the system and the genesis of the crisis. Bas ed on our economic analysis of the system, we outline broad market conformi ng and market distorting approaches to alleviating the crisis.