There has been little informed debate within economics of Open Access Publishing.

We have organized this panel to open up a discussion of the issues and implications from the point of view of authors, editors and publishers.




Lynne Chester & Steve Pressman, Editors, Review of Political Economy


AEA-ASSA 2015, Boston

Friday 2 January, 4:30 – 6:00 pm *

Sheraton Boston, Berkeley Room



‘The question begged by open access’

Professor John Willinsky, Stanford University




Gerard Wormser, Sens public  – Author perspective

Ed Gamer, Co-editor, Eastern Economic Journal – Editor perspective

Kirsten Purcell, Routledge/Taylor & Francis & David Bull, Palgrave Macmillan (TBC) – Publisher perspective



Abstract: This talk reviews the current state and potential futures of "open access" publishing models for scholarly journals and books. It will present the extent to which these models are a growing, positive influence on the scholarly publishing market or may result in publishing charges which bear little relation to publication costs, quality, or quantity.


Biography: John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University, as well as Professor (Part-Time) of Publishing Studies at Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Public Knowledge Project, which develops open source scholarly publishing software. His books include the Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (Minnesota, 1998); The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006) and The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke (Chicago, forthcoming).


*Please note this is the day before the official conference program commences.