Dani Rodrik cites a new paper by Glenn Ellison that appears to show that top academics are publishing fewer scholarly papers in specialized and general interest journals. These writers, like many others, have discovered that on-line publishing is an easier means to reach a larger audience more quickly than print publication.
The interesting aspect of this is that it is truest of the authors with the most prestigious affiliations. Such authors do not need the validation of print. In this context, the trend is for print publication to function increasingly as a farm system for the second-tier authors.
Are we seeing a similar phenomenon in the literary world?
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