Competition, Monopoly, and the Distribution of Knowledge

Not long ago, the Guardian published this long-form piece about the scientific publishing industry that is relevant to our class from several different angles. Since we are reading and learning about different forms and genres of scientific discourse, particularly journal articles, you may be interested in learning a little more about the business of scientific publishing, which has several things in common with other industries we’ve read about recently in terms of the complexities of competition (or lack thereof). Several different forms of competition are involved, and several different scales, and there are a number of ways that this situation could be of interest to us.

Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? by Stephen Buranyi, The Guardian

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