We study how the democratization of the diffusion of research through the Internet could have helped non traditional fields of research. The specific case we approach is Heterodox Economics as its pre-prints are disseminated through NEP, the email alert service of RePEc. Comparing heterodox and mainstream papers, we find that heterodox ones are quite systematically more downloaded, and particularly so when considering downloads per subscriber. We conclude that the Internet definitely helps heterodox research, also because other researcher get exposed to it. But there is still room for more participation by heterodox researchers.
Novarese, Marco and Zimmermann, Christian, "Heterodox Economics and Dissemination of Research through the Internet: the Experience of RePEc and NEP" (2008). Economics Working Papers. Paper 200817.