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More information about the PRC model and related topics from people and groups all over the world

Published onMay 24, 2021

Clarivate, ProQuest, and our Resistance to Commercializing Knowledge [1]

The dominant commercial models in scholarly publishing aren’t serving the academy or humanity well — extracting enormous profits from a mostly publicly-funded endeavor. But we have a window to stand up and support an alternative.

Discomfort with Gold OA [2]

In this essay, I’m going to make the case that open access agreements that rely upon a pay-to-publish model are good for the groups who sign them but bad for the overall system. After laying out a model of open access as a public good, I’ll argue that what we are actually building is not a system rooted in public goods but one that has merely shifted the entry barriers from readers to authors.

Don’t Save the University—Transform It [3]

Universities have not effectively grappled with their roles in systemic racism, which plays out across the university: boards, administration, faculty, staff, curriculum, student life, athletics, and partnerships with corporations and the government… If the university truly wants to justify itself through the liberal arts, the university must change—and the humanities must change too. 

Mainstreaming the Publish, Review, Curate Model

As presented by Travis Rich, Executive Director of the Knowledge Futures Group at CNI Spring 2021 Virtual Membership Meeting as a prerecorded project briefing.

Open search tools need sustainable funding [4]

The academic community needs to step up and secure the future of this crucial infrastructure. The shape of research infrastructure depends on institutions’ buying decisions. If most of the money goes to closed systems, these will prevail.

Publishing, the Internet and the Commons: Debates and Developments [5]

This editorial outlines the need to consider publishing from a media studies perspective, the growing role of platforms in publishing in all forms and the dangers of continued market concentration for access and diversity.

Rapid sharing of COVID-19 research [6]

A conversation about the role of preprints, sharing, and collaboration hosted by ASAPbio and the Knowledge Futures Group, held on 31 March 2020 and transcribed.

Resisting impact algorithms in academic publishing models [7]

The problem with impact algorithms isn't that they exist, but that when they dominate, they coerce others into conforming to shapes designed to satisfy profit-driven needs rather than the community's needs.

Set Them Free: A Manifesto Toward Moving Beyond Academic Imperialism [8]

While they may argue that the criteria of journal selection are generic (e.g. good journals offer robust peer reviews), those criteria are wrapped in a way that would entice the academics for global acceptance. Such situations are the exact copy of how we define “imperialism”.   

Shared technology needs for preprints [9]

This report summarizes key technology-related preprint needs based on user research and community conversations.

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