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Publishing as Prostitution? Choosing Between One's Own Ideas and Academic Failure

Zurich IEER Working Paper No. 117

31 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2002  

Bruno S. Frey

CREMA; University of Basel

Date Written: June 2002

Abstract

Survival in academia depends on publications in refereed journals. Authors only get their papers accepted if they intellectually prostitute themselves by slavishly following the demands made by anonymous referees without property rights on the journals they advise. Intellectual prostitution is neither beneficial to suppliers nor consumers. But it is avoidable. The editor (with property rights on the journal) should make the basic decision of whether a paper is worth publishing or not. The referees only give suggestions on how to improve the paper. The author may disregard this advice. This reduces intellectual prostitution and produces more original publications.

Keywords: academic market, publications, economics of economics, intellectual prostitution

JEL Classification: A11, Z00

Suggested Citation

Frey, Bruno S., Publishing as Prostitution? Choosing Between One's Own Ideas and Academic Failure (June 2002). Zurich IEER Working Paper No. 117. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=316699 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.316699

Bruno S. Frey (Contact Author)

CREMA ( email )

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University of Basel ( email )

Peter Merian-Weg 6
Basel, 4002
Switzerland

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