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Hypermedia Online Publishing: the Transformation of the Scholarly Journal

5.4.5 Loss of ownership of knowledge

The traditional way for scholars to get published (in the non-trade press, which is the overwhelming majority of scholarly publishing) is to 'give' their content to the publishers by assigning copyright to them for no monetary return. The publishers then add some value to the content through editing, distribution and promotion and sell it back to the universities. In effect the universities are paying the publishers for their own content. A number of commentators have been expressing concern about scholars losing control over their own information in this way for some time [Okerson, 1991], [Thompson, 1988], [Guédon, 1995], [Metz and Gherman, 1991].

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