Redefining Open Access for the Legal Information Market
Law Library Journal, Vol. 98, pp. 619-637, 2006
21 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 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.
Keywords: open access, legal information, legal scholarship, law journals, libraries
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