Socially just publishing:implications for geographers and their journals

Batterbury, Simon (2017) Socially just publishing:implications for geographers and their journals. Fennia: international journal of geography, 195 (2). pp. 175-181. ISSN 1798-5617

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There have been a range of protests against the high journal subscription costs, and author processing charges (APCs) levied for publishing in the more prestigious and commercially run journals that are favoured by geographers. But open protests across the sector like the ‘Academic Spring’ of 2012, and challenges to commercial copyright agreements, have been fragmented and less than successful. I renew the argument for ‘socially just’ publishing in geography. For geographers this is not limited to choosing alternative publication venues. It also involves a considerable effort by senior faculty members that are assessing hiring and promotion cases, to read and assess scholarship independently of its place of publication, and to reward the efforts of colleagues that offer their work as a public good. Criteria other than the citation index and prestige of a journal need to be foregrounded. Geographers can also be publishers, and I offer my experience editing the free online Journal of Political Ecology.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Fennia: international journal of geography
Additional Information: BATTERBURY, Simon. Socially just publishing: implications for geographers and their journals. Fennia - International Journal of Geography, [S.l.], v. 195, n. 2, p. 175-181, dec. 2017. ISSN 1798-5617. Available at: <>.
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1800/1802
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 89280
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Jan 2018 14:08
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2020 04:04

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