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Friday, March 27, 2009

OA publishing as an asymmetric game between authors and publishers

Katharina Habermann and Lutz Habermann, An Evolutionary Game-Theoretic Approach to Open Access, a preprint deposited in arXiv yesterday.  (Thanks to arxivmath.)

Abstract:   The paper presents an evolutionary game-theoretic approach to open access publishing as an asymmetric game between scientists and publishers. We show how the ordinary differential equations of the model presented can be written as a system of Hamiltonian partial differential equations. The understanding of the setting as a Hamiltonian system implies some properties reflecting the qualitative behavior of the system.

PS:  Also see our past posts on game-theoretic approaches to OA.