Proposing a Knowledge Exchange Model for Scholarly Publishing
Current Issues in Education
[September 13, 2000]
Copyright (c) 2000
Abstract: This article argues for developing and testing a new model for scholarly publishing that is based on the exchange economy of ideas that lies at the heart of the research process. As a starting point in developing this model, it reviews current publishing alternatives, challenges the "journal" concept, and outlines the organizational, technical, and economic features of a Knowledge Exchange Model (KEM) for scholarly publication. This preliminary design, growing out of initial website experiments in creating public contexts for educational research and a larger analysis of the public qualities of knowledge, demonstrates how such a model can improve both the academic and public value of research, while also addressing the crisis in library serial costs. The aim of publishing the rationale for this model is to initiate an online discussion among readers of Current Issues in Education (CIE) on the general issue and specific features of this proposal.