Do we need to move from communication technology to user community? A new economic model of the journal as a club

Hartley, J, Potts, J, Montgomery, L, Rennie, E and Neylon, C 2019, 'Do we need to move from communication technology to user community? A new economic model of the journal as a club', Learned Publishing, vol. 32, pp. 27-35.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Do we need to move from communication technology to user community? A new economic model of the journal as a club
Author(s) Hartley, J
Potts, J
Montgomery, L
Rennie, E
Neylon, C
Year 2019
Journal name Learned Publishing
Volume number 32
Start page 27
End page 35
Total pages 9
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Abstract Much of the argument around reforming, remaking, or preserving the traditions of scholarly publishing is built on economic principles, explicit or implicit. Can we afford open access? How do we pay for high-quality services? Why does it cost so much? In this article, we argue that the sterility of much of this debate is a result of failure to tackle the question of what a journal is in economic terms. We offer a way through by demonstrating that a journal is a club, and discuss the implications for the scholarly publishing industry. We use examples, ranging from open access to prestige journals, to explain why congestion is a problem for club-based publications, and to discuss the importance of creative destruction for the maintenance of knowledge-generating communities in publishing.
Subject Public Economics- Publically Provided Goods
Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
DOI - identifier 10.1002/leap.1228
Copyright notice © 2019 The Author(s). Learned Publishing © 2019 ALPSP.
ISSN 1741-4857
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