The class struggle in academia. A manifesto
July 8, 2013 4 Comments
Journals are threatened by open access, free citation metrics and web 3.0.
Publishing houses, universities and governments are uniting in a holy alliance intended to exorcise this changes, trying to reinforce the current indexing journal system.
It is high time that scholars should openly, in the face of the whole world, share their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this challenges with a manifesto.
Researchers and Professors
The history of research quality assessment is the history of scholarly struggles.
In academia, the working class –researchers and professors– are fighting in the class struggle against the owners of the means of production in academia, the journals, and that the current class struggle could end either with revolution that restructure the system, or common ruin of the contending scholarly classes.
Journals Vs. Professors
There is a hidden civil war between scholars: researchers/professors against editors of journals.
Editors have the power to publish, the power to make us professors progress in our careers.
The accumulation of power in journal hands, the formation of first class indexed publications, and the competition amongst the academics creates pressure on our daily lives.
Position of Academics in Relation to the Scholarly Civil War
We are just professors and researchers who want to publish in journals to improve as academics and find tenure.
We do not hate journal editors, we are not afraid of you. We don’t even know you.
We wish you no harm. On the contrary, we want to be your friends and make your editor life easier.
We love journals. We need to understand you.
To all professors/researchers who feel the same, share this message and help it reach journal editors.