Research Communication Costs in Australia: Emerging Opportunities and Benefits

Report to Department of Education, Science and Training, September 2006

156 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2007

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John W. Houghton

Victoria University

Peter Sheehan

Victoria University - Victoria University of Technology

Colin Steele

Australian National University (ANU)

Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

This report, prepared by the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, explores the costs involved in research communication activities and some of the potential benefits available through emerging, more open, scholarly communication alternatives. The environment in which research is being conducted and disseminated is undergoing profound change, with new technologies offering new opportunities, changing research practices demanding new capabilities, and increased focus on research performance. This changing environment raises a key question: are there new opportunities and new models of scholarly communication that could enhance the dissemination of research findings and, thereby, maximise the economic and social returns to public sector investment in R&D? This study makes a contribution towards helping us answer this question.

Keywords: Scholarly Communications, Scientific Publishing, Open Access, Costs, Benefits

JEL Classification: H40, I20, L86

Suggested Citation

Houghton, John W. and Sheehan, Peter and Steele, Colin, Research Communication Costs in Australia: Emerging Opportunities and Benefits (September 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1003951 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1003951

John W. Houghton (Contact Author)

Victoria University ( email )

CSES
P.O. Box 14428
Melbourne, Victoria 8001
Australia

Peter Sheehan

Victoria University - Victoria University of Technology ( email )

P.O. Box 14428
Melbourne, Victoria 8001
Australia

Colin Steele

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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