Contreras JL. Wait for it…Commons, copyright and the private (re)ordering of scientific publishing. Social Science Research Network March 4, 2012
In this paper, the author critiques various open access strategies related to copyright protection and assignment, and he proposes an alternative private ordering solution. Under this proposal, research institutions would develop and adopt publication agreements that do not transfer copyright ownership to publishers, but grant publishers a one-year exclusive period in which to publish a work. This limited period of exclusivity should enable publishers to recoup their publishing costs and a profit through subscription revenues.