In the papyrocentric (paper-centered) era before 2000, commercial publishers served a useful and necessary purpose. In the electronic era, post 2000, the academy has very little to gain from commercial publishers who may actually impede rather than facilitate scholarly communication. It seems to us to be ridiculous that we as scholars write, referee, and edit economic research, give it away to commercial publishers, and then buy it back through our libraries at enormous prices.
The mission of the AccessEcon is to foster free and rapid scientific communication across the entire community of research economists. Specifically, AccessEcon is a sophisticated web-based workflow and content management tool that makes it possible to publish electronic journals, run editorial offices, publish working paper series, and organize conferences. This software is an outgrowth of systems we designed to run the Economics Bulletin (since 2001) and organize the Public Economic Theory meetings (since 2007). Since our objective is to return scholarship to scholars, we offer it as a free service to qualified members and groups in the economics research community. If you are interested, please contact John P. Conley or Myrna Wooders for more information.