my wonderful colleague Richard Pitt passed along the following news to me:
I was contacted by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a source for a story on “All Academic Inc”. In that conversation, I discovered some pretty disturbing news. If you click on this link, you will discover that your ASA conference papers are being offered for sale at $7 a pop, probably without your knowledge or consent. Given that any paper I submit to ASA is usually in draft “do-not-cite” form and I haven’t relinquished copyright on it to them just by submitting it, I have to admit that I’m pretty peeved that ASA might then be turning these papers over to this corporation for “archiving” only to have them turn around and make a profit off of my work. All of your ASA papers submitted from the 2003 conference to this year’s are available for purchase. I just wanted to alert you all to this situation. Not sure how/where to take this any further than this.”
I have to say, I’m sure the price should be quality-sensitive. I’m also a little unclear on the market for these things. Who will choose to pay $7 instead of writing an email request to the author/s? And is this legal? Any and all informed, uninformed, snarky, sarcastic replies are invited.