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Open Access Models, Pirate Libraries and Advocacy Repertoires: Policy Options for Academics to Construct and Govern Knowledge Commons

Abstract : In this article, I propose exploring open access academic publishing through the lenses of Knowledge Commons. Instead of focusing on users' rights to access and reuse the output under open copyright licensing conditions, I study the governance of the academic publishing ecosystem, and its political economy, technical and labour infrastructure. Based on selected examples, I discuss how they comply with the concept of the commons. I use analytical frameworks from the Ostromian literature of the governance of Knowledge Commons to provide insights on the various steps of academic publishing work as a process. I then analyse a range of open access publishing projects, including gold, green, diamond, platinum and pirate libraries. Finally, I draw from practices a repertoire of advocacy actions and I make recommendations for academics to develop policies supporting Academic Commons.
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Melanie Dulong de Rosnay. Open Access Models, Pirate Libraries and Advocacy Repertoires: Policy Options for Academics to Construct and Govern Knowledge Commons. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, University of Westminster, 2021, 16 (1), p. 46-64. ⟨10.16997/wpcc.913⟩. ⟨halshs-03186817⟩

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