I did my research. Yes, I think academic publishers are greedy. (With notes on publishers’ rhetoric and creationism)

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Another day, another puff-piece from academic publishers about how awesome they are. This time, the Publisher’s Association somehow suckered the Guardian into giving them a credible-looking platform for their party political broadcast, Think academic publishers are greedy? Do your research. I have to give the PA credit for coming up with about the most patronising title possible.

Yes, I did my research. Guess what? Academic publishers are greedy.


(The article doesn’t say it’s by the Publishers Association, by the way. It’s credited to Stephen Lotinga, who LinkedIn tells us is Chief Executive of The Publishers Assocation, but the article doesn’t declare that.)

Oh boy do I get tired of constantly rebutting the same old bs. from publishers. And it really is the same bs. They’re not even taking the trouble to invent new bs., just churning out the same nonsense each time — for example, equating their massive profits with investment in…

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3 Responses to “I did my research. Yes, I think academic publishers are greedy. (With notes on publishers’ rhetoric and creationism)”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Now that we have the internet to disseminate information, let’s starve them.

    One problem is that the academic community will have to organise its response through other channels than their own learned societies, who are often in the same game.

    • Anton Garrett Says:

      It’s worse. The pub is a lot more fun.

    • Anton Garrett Says:

      “The internet might be necessary, but not sufficient.”

      Of course I’m aware of that, Phillip, and my words did not imply sufficiency. That’s why I have been a strong supporter from the start of Peter’s Open Journal of Astrophysics.

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