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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Maybe Student Edited Law Reviews Aren't So Bad

Here is Dr. Glaucomflecken on academic publishing in medicine, which is dominated by for-profit journals:


Posted by Steve Lubet on March 30, 2023 at 05:09 AM | Permalink


I publish in both peer-reviewed and student-edited journals. Both have their advantages, though I'm a longtime defender of student-edited law reviews. But germane to this topic, whilst student edited journals are almost entirely (practically speaking) open-access, the peer-review journal I just published in wanted $3,000 to *ever* make my paper publicly available (i.e., it wasn't just a temporary embargo and then the paper eventually can be disseminated publicly after a year or two).

Posted by: David Schraub | Apr 1, 2023 3:40:18 AM

Academic journals in many fields require hefty payments for publishing via "open access." Otherwise, they are available only to subscribers, which in reality mostly means university libraries.

There is a movement in some fields -- I am familiar only with sociology -- to bypass journal publishers and simply post articles and studies on open access websites, on the theory that peer review will come afterward. Not sure how well that will work.

Dr. Glaucomflecken has some other clips on publishing, which I will eventually post. He has many others about medical practice, including rivalry among specialists, that are very funny.

Posted by: Steve L. | Mar 30, 2023 8:26:47 AM

Also consider that many peer-reviewed academic journals in other fields apparently require the author to pay the journal to allow the author's paper to be publicly available. At least, that's what I've heard from some professors---can't say I've been through that process myself. But one of my former colleagues was told she'd have to pay $2,000 to have her paper publicly available. She eventually talked them down to a significantly lower number, but still...

Posted by: AspiringLawProfessor | Mar 30, 2023 7:45:24 AM

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