Redefining Open Access for the Legal Information Market
James G. Milles
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006-018
Law Library Journal, Vol. 98, pp. 619-637, 2006
The open access movement in legal scholarship, inasmuch as it is driven within the law library community over concerns about the rising cost of legal information, fails to address - and in fact diverts resources from - the real problem facing law libraries today: the soaring costs of nonscholarly, commercially published, practitioner-oriented legal publications. The current system of legal scholarly publishing - in student-edited journals and without meaningful peer review - does not face the pressures to increase prices common in the science and health disciplines. One solution to this problem is for law schools to redirect some of their resources - intellectual capital, reputation, and student labor - to publishing legal information for practitioners rather than legal scholars.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: open access, legal information, legal scholarship, law journals, librariesAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 28, 2006
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