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Publications 2015, 3(3), 150-154;

Reclaiming Society Publishing

Department of Geography, Durham University, Lower Mountjoy, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
Academic Editor: Andrew Kirby
Received: 19 May 2015 / Accepted: 30 June 2015 / Published: 13 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Challenges of Journal Start-up in the Digital Era)
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Learned societies have become aligned with commercial publishers, who have increasingly taken over the latter’s function as independent providers of scholarly information. Using the example of geographical societies, the advantages and disadvantages of this trend are examined. It is argued that in an era of digital publication, learned societies can offer leadership with a new model of open access that can guarantee high quality scholarly material whose publication costs are supported by society membership dues. View Full-Text
Keywords: learned societies; geographical societies; commercial publishing; scholarly publishing; open access learned societies; geographical societies; commercial publishing; scholarly publishing; open access
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