Peter Webster scrive: “recensisco molti libri e ho notato una diminuzione della qualità dei testi che si pubblicano in campo umanistico.” Nel suo post si chiede: è un trend generale, o è lui a esser stato sfortunato? E se si tratta di una tendenza, a cosa è dovuta?
[I review a lot of books, and have noticed a falling-off in the quality of the published text in the kind of humanities books I review. In this post I ask: is this a general trend, or have I been unlucky ? If it is a trend, what are the causes?]
Part of the debate about Open Access centres on the value that traditional academic publishers contribute to the process, for which they should rightly be rewarded. The argument has played out something like this. By and large, scholars produce academic writing without significant financial reward; they edit journals, similarly without payment, as well as performing peer review. This much we know, and hasn’t changed all that much.
Ah yes (is the response): but the publisher’s unique input is in the stages after this – in transforming an accepted manuscript into a pristine typeset version of record, and in the…
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