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Subject: Re: First issue of the International Journal of the Commons now available!
From: Jan Szczepanski <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 22 Oct 2007 08:27:16 +0200

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Jag hoppas fler än jag själv tycker att det här är en viktig tidskrift
kring ett viktigt ämne.


Tine de Moor wrote:
> Dear colleague, 
> We are pleased to announce that the first issue of the International
> Journal of the Commons is now available. The IJC is dedicated to furthering
> our understanding of institutions for the use and management of resources
> that are (or could be) enjoyed collectively, or in short, ‘the
> commons’. The first issue of this open access journal, with guest editors
> Elinor Ostrom and Frank van Laerhoven, gives an overview of commons studies
> in different disciplines and from different perspectives and can now be
> browsed, downloaded, read, and copied (for more information on this issue,
> see below). 
> Please, visit the journal at You have
> already been registered as a reader and will receive regular updates on new
> articles. Of course, we also hope that you will consider the IJC as a
> suitable journal to publish your results on the commons and that you will
> encourage other researchers to register as readers and authors.
> Our goals are to present both reviews of recent research and cutting edge
> research articles, written by experts with different disciplinary
> backgrounds. We hope that this journal becomes an indispensable tool for
> students and scholars of commons, and a source of inspiration for
> administrators, looking for ideas about managing different types of
> commons.
> The International Journal of the Commons is an open access e-journal. It is
> open access not as an advertising gimmick but as a matter of  policy for
> managing the knowledge commons. Our articles can be freely used in teaching
> and distributed at conferences and workshops. So, please announce our
> presence to your students, colleagues and friends.
> Kind regards, 
> Tine De Moor & Erling Berge
> Editors of the International Journal of the Commons
> Contact details: [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]
> Short description of the first issue of the International Journal of the
> Commons: 
> Van Laerhoven and Ostrom provide a brief review of the early literature on
> common-pool resources and common-property regimes by focusing on McCay and
> Acheson, (1987) and the two National Research Council reports on these
> topics (1986; 2002). Then, in light of an extensive search of over 10,000
> peer-reviewed journal articles, the authors identify traditions and trends
> in the study of the commons. They find that the field is growing, maturing
> and branching out. The traditional focal topics of fisheries, forestry,
> irrigation, water management and animal husbandry are still strong, but no
> longer dominate the literature. A substantial rise in the number of
> publications related to biodiversity, climate change, intellectual property
> and copyrights has occurred. In particular, many articles now focus on the
> commons related to computers, software, and the internet. 
> The study of the commons is not only multidisciplinary; it is
> interdisciplinary, as well. Methodologically, the initial emphasis on case
> studies is now balanced by more comparative studies and by large N
> quantitative work and field and laboratory experiments have earned their
> place in the methods toolkit. Theoretically, a more coherent research
> agenda has taken definitive shape. In The Drama of the Commons (NRC 2002)
> it is urged that scholars further the understanding of complexity,
> uncertainty and institutions. As guest-editors of the IJC, Van Laerhoven
> and Ostrom have taken this message to heart when selecting the
> contributions for the first issue of the journal.
> Table of contents for Vol 1 No 1
> Tine De Moor and Erling Berge, 
> Welcome to the International Journal of the Commons
> Frank van Laerhoven and Elinor Ostrom: Traditions and Trends in the Study
> of the Commons
> James Wilson: Scale and Costs of Fishery Conservation
> Marco A. Janssen & John M. Anderies: Robustness trade-offs in
> social-ecological systems
> David G. McGrath, Oriana T. Almeida and Frank D. Merry
> The Influence of Community Management Agreements on Household Economic
> Strategies: Cattle Grazing and Fishing Agreements on the Lower Amazon
> Floodplain
> John Kerr Watershed Management: Lessons from Common Property Theory
> Arun Agrawal: Forests, Governance, and Sustainability: Common Property
> Theory and its Contributions
> Friday Njaya: Governance Challenges for the Implementation of Fisheries
> Co-Management: Experiences from Malawi
> _____________________________________________
> Yours sincerely,  
> Erling Berge and Tine de Moor,
> managing editors
> International Journal of the Commons

Jan Szczepanski
Förste bibliotekarie 
Goteborgs universitetsbibliotek 
Box 222
SE 405 30 Goteborg, SWEDEN 
Tel: +46 31 773 1164 Fax: +46 31 163797 
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