(Eisen 2012) Twenty years of cowardice

Eisen, Michael. Twenty years of cowardice: the pathetic response of American universities to the crisis in scholarly publishing. It Is NOT Junk. 2012 May 1. Available from: http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=1058. Accessed 2012 May 14. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/67eKOl4VM.

Eisen draws attention to the problem of unsustainable cost growth in academic journal publishing. He points to a recent Harvard University faculty committee report as evidence of the seriousness of the problem, but condemns the committee’s recommendations as insufficient, arguing instead for more radical open-source solutions resembling those of the 1998 Policy Perspectives joint statement “To publish and perish”. He explains the failure to adopt such radical solutions in terms of university administrator preferences for clear and purportedly objective standards of faculty evaluation. These administrator preferences are served by the widespread, although dubious, belief that promotion and tenure are strongly dependent on the prestige of the journals in which faculty publish.


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