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Empire and Scholarly Communications. Multinational Monopolies of Knowledge and the Global South

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posted on 25.06.2018, 13:32 authored by Ernesto PriegoErnesto Priego, Domenico Fiormonte
Poster presented at The 22nd International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Toronto, Canada, Saturday, June 23 2018.

Latest version has a typo corrected.

Due to the constraints of the poster format not every reference has been included- the poster is the result of a ruthless synthesis of qualitative work based on a variety of previous research. Every attempt was made to date any figures-- they were correct at the time of collating the data, but naturally it is likely to change. The bibliography below lists the main works that enabled the summary we have presented in abridged form in the poster itself.


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Fiormonte, D. 2017. Digital Humanities and the Geopolitics of Knowledge. Digital Studies/Le champ num ́erique, 7(1). Available at:

Fiormonte, E. & Priego, E., 2016. Knowledge Monopolies and Global Academic Publishing. The Winnower. Available at:

Graham, et al, M., 2011. Visualizing the uneven geographies of knowledge production and circulation. Global Higher Education, 14.9. Available at: the-uneven-geographies-of-knowledge-production-and-circulation/.

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Hennessy, K., 2012. From Intangible Expression to Digital Cultural Heritage (Chapter 3) - Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. In M. Stefano, P. Davis, & G. Corsane (Eds.), Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (pp. 33-46).

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Lawson, S., Gray, J., Mauri, M., (2016). Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing. Open Library of Humanities. 2(1), p.e10. DOI:

Larivière, V., Haustein, S., Mongeon, P. (2015). The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era. PLoS ONE 10(6).

Kurin, R., 2007. Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage: Key Factors in Implementing the 2003 Con- vention. International Journal of Intangible Heritage, 2. Available at: http://pacificasiaobservatory.

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Moore, S., Neylon C., Eve, MP, O’Donnell, D., Pattinson, D. (2016). “Excellence R Us: University Research and the Fetishisation of Excellence.” figshare.

Posada, A. & Chen, G., 2017. Publishers increasingly in control of scholarly infrastructure and this is why we
should care. The Knowledge Gap: Geopolitics of Academic Production. Available at: http://knowledgegap. org/index.php/sub-projects/rent-seeking-and-financialization-of-the-academic-publishing-industry/ preliminary-findings/.

Priego, E., McKiernan, E., Posada, A., Hartley, R., Rodríguez-ortega, N., Fiormonte, D., Gil, A., et al.. (2017), “Scholarly Publishing, Freedom of Information and Academic Self-Determination: The UNAM-Elsevier Case”, City, University of London, 25 November, available at: .

UNESCO, 2003. Text of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage - intangible heritage - Culture Sector - UNESCO. Available at:

UNESCO, 2017. Overview of OA in Latin America and the Caribbean | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Available at: information/portals-and-platforms/goap/access-by-region/latin-america-and-the-caribbean/.