The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era
Publication Date
June 10, 2015
Journal
PLOS ONE
Authors
Vincent Larivière, Stefanie Haustein & Philippe Mongeon
Volume
10
Issue
6
Pages
e0127502
DOI
http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0127502
Publisher URL
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0127502
PubMed
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26061978
PubMed Central
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4465327
Europe PMC
http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/26061978
Web of Science
000355979500040
Scopus
84936871088
Mendeley
http://www.mendeley.com/research/oligopoly-academic-publishers-digital-era
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