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Publishing an E-Journal on a Shoe String: Is It a Sustainable Project?

Piero Cavaleri, Michael Keren (), Giovanni Ramello () and Vittorio Valli
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Piero Cavaleri: LIUC
Vittorio Valli: Università di Torino

Economic Analysis and Policy, 2009, vol. 39, issue 1, 89-101

Abstract: The aim of this article is to report on an experiment in publishing an open access journal and learn from it about the larger field of open access publishing. The experiment is the launch of the European Journal of Comparative Economics (EJCE); an on-line refereed and open access journal; founded in 2004 by the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies and LIUC University in Italy. They embarked upon this project in part to respond to the rising concentration in the market for scientific publishing and the resulting use of market power to raise subscription prices and restrict access to scientific output. We had hoped that open access journals could provide some countervailing power and increase competition in the field. Our experience running a poorly endowed journal has shown that entry to the field may be easy; yet that making it a sustainable enterprise is not straightforward.

Keywords: Open-access publishing; online journals; scientific publication (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L17 L22 L86 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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