Are Publishers a Net Positive or Negative?

We discuss a lawsuit in which three academic publishers (Sage, Oxford, and Cambridge) sued Georgia State for copyright infringement over the school’s use of e-Reserves.  They discuss whether academic publishers are now more of a destructive or productive force in the advancement of education and research.


Alexis Santos is an Assistant Professor at Penn State Health and Human Development. He was one of the researchers who questioned official death counts of Puerto Rico fatalities resulting from Hurricane Maria.  Santos’ and similar analyses led to important questions about the adequacy of government responses to the hurricane.

Joseph Nathan Cohen co-hosts The Annex and directs the Sociocast Project. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College. He wrote Financial Crisis in American Households: The Basic Expenses That Bankrupt the Middle Class (2017, Praeger) and co-authored Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective (2010, Polity). Twitter: @jncohen

Leslie Hinkson co-hosts The Annex. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. Her recent book is Subprime Health: Debt and Race in U.S. Medicine (2017 University of Minnesota Press).

Gabriel Rossman co-hosts The AnnexHe is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He wrote Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us about the Diffusion of Innovation(2015, Princeton) Twitter: @GabrielRossman

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