Transformative learning

(since this post appeared 10 days ago it has been updated a few times which is why I am re-posting it)

Key messages

“Everybody is writing, nobody is reading, everybody is writing for nobody.”

  • Academics are spending hundreds of hours a year, getting their work published, in peer-reviewed journals, providing free labor to commercial publishing companies.
  • The pressure to ‘produce’ and grow is huge, both in academia and in the publishing industry; this undermines quality and the university’s ability to serve the public good and, indeed, public trust in science.
  • Open access journal Sustainability publishes over 4000 contributions in its current Volume 10 – where most contributors will have to pay 1400 US Dollars* to have their work published. Its publisher MDPI has close to 200 journals working in a similar vein.’
  • Sustainability has 561 associate-editors from mostly public universities all working for free for the journal.
  • Of all industries…

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One thought

  1. Reminds me of Derek J. de Sola Price, in Science Since Babylon (1961) and in The Science of Science. And Lewis Mumford, in volume 2 of The Myth of the Machine, (referring to Price on pp. 174, 181, 182. The numbers of journal articles and journals have been increasing exponentially. It’s a mega machine of science, with similar values.

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