[Marxism] The Confidence Man | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 23 11:13:52 MST 2013

About a year or so ago my wife began mentioning Jeffrey Beall’s 
Scholarly Open Access website to me with some frequency. As a librarian 
at the University of Colorado in Denver, Beall had become aware of bogus 
journals operating under the rubric of Open Access. As opposed to print 
journals behind a Jstor paywall, Open Access journals were strictly 
Internet-based and seemed to offer the possibility of being both a 
valuable resource to tenure-track professors looking for an opportunity 
to be published and non-academic readers interested in a scholarly 
treatment of a particular topic but not willing to pay the exorbitant 
fee for downloading an article.

While I generally don’t seek out Jstor type journals after some 
unpleasant experiences with capricious editors a decade ago, I made an 
exception for a special issue of “Capitalism, Nature, and Socialism” 
that was putting together a special issue on indigenous peoples. For the 
past five years or so I had been researching Comanche Indians and an 
invitation to submit something to CNS was just the impetus I needed to 
write the article that had been gestating for some time. If you go to 
the CNS website you will be given the opportunity to read the entire 
issue for $121. To save some money, you can read my piece titled “The 
Political Economy of Comanche Violence” for $36. I understand the need 
of print journals to cover the costs but there’s something troubling 
about these prices.

full: http://louisproyect.org/2013/12/23/the-confidence-man/

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