Redefining Open Access for the Legal Information Market

Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006-018

Law Library Journal, Vol. 98, pp. 619-637, 2006

21 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2006

Abstract

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.

Keywords: open access, legal information, legal scholarship, law journals, libraries

Suggested Citation

Milles, James G., Redefining Open Access for the Legal Information Market. Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006-018; Law Library Journal, Vol. 98, pp. 619-637, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=940789

James G. Milles (Contact Author)

SUNY Buffalo Law School ( email )

419 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States
716-553-9154 (Phone)

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