The politics of open-access publishing : M/C Journal, Public Intellectualism, and Academic Discourses of Legitimacy

Mitchell, Peta (2008) The politics of open-access publishing : M/C Journal, Public Intellectualism, and Academic Discourses of Legitimacy. M/C : A Journal of Media and Culture, 11(4).

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This article investigates the discourses of academic legitimacy that surround the production, consumption, and accreditation of online scholarship. Using the web-based media and cultural studies journal ( as a case study, it examines how online scholarly journals often position themselves as occupying a space between the academic and the popular and as having a functional advantage over print-based media in promoting a spirit of public intellectualism. The current research agenda of both government and academe prioritises academic research that is efficient, self-promoting, and relevant to the public. Yet, although the cost-effectiveness and public-intellectual focus of online scholarship speak to these research priorities, online journals such as M/C Journal have occupied, and continue to occupy, an unstable position in relation to the perceived academic legitimacy of their content.

Although some online scholarly journals have achieved a limited form of recognition within a system of accreditation that still privileges print-based scholarship, I argue that this, nevertheless, points to the fact that traditional textual notions of legitimate academic work continue to pervade the research agenda of an academe that increasingly promotes flexible delivery of teaching and online research initiatives.

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ID Code: 69235
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Assigned C1 code
Keywords: open-access publishing, online journals
ISSN: 1441-2616
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Queensland University of Technology * Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2014 01:48
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 01:48

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