The Heterodox Economics Research Centre is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization. Its mission is to promote research activity in economics, especially that involving topics normally neglected by mainstream (say, orthodox) academic settlements. The Centre is organized as a peer-production community, where any scholar in economics can freely contribute with his own research work.
HERC aims at being both a research centre involved in heterodox economics disciplines and a heterodox research centre in economics. As the logo suggests, the tighter link is the first one.
What is heterodox economics?
As Wikipedia suggests: "Heterodox economics refers to methodologies or schools of economic thought that are considered outside of "mainstream economics," and often represented by expositors as contrasting with or going beyond neoclassical economics. Heterodox economics is an umbrella term used to cover various approaches, schools, or traditions.".
What is intended as an heterodox research centre?
Indie and Net-labels are very widespread phenomena in music industry, while are much less common in scientific and academic publishing. HERC's challenge is to merge such set-up with economic research. The Centre has no affiliations with any academic establishment and doesn't currently need to: external influence may well (e.g. politically) undermine freedom of research. Moreover, HERC is largely inspired by open knowledge principles; these allow contents to be freely used, replicated and redistributed with no legal restriction in order to make information be non-costly and possibly non-asymmetric.
In order a research paper can be published just a few rules apply:
To submit a paper, send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org; in order a personal page can be created, the message should include at least some basic information on the author. Additionally it is possible to host a cv, a list of publications, a photo.
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