Opening up library subscriptions to scholarly publications

The people at PHD comics have posted a video summarising the case for open access to scholarly publications. It is a good summary of the issues and particularly salient as I spent yesterday at our annual Workshop that was looking into the economics of these issues. One part of the video was interesting. It was … Continue reading Opening up library subscriptions to scholarly publications

Joining the scholarly publishing club

The entrenched market power of existing scholarly publishers haven’t stopped innovators from trying to enter with new models. Probably the best known is the Public Library of Science that charges authors between $1350 and $2900 to publish papers depending on the journal. After that, the paper is open access. Elsevier offer the same option but the price … Continue reading Joining the scholarly publishing club

Elsevier’s economic case is lacking

The proposed US Research Works Act (RWA) proposes to prohibit government funding agencies, such as the NIH, from doing things like its open access policy (enacted in 2005) requiring all publications from funded research to be placed in National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central database within 12 months of publication. Not surprisingly, some publishers, notably for-profit publishers, are supporting the legislation. … Continue reading Elsevier’s economic case is lacking

Exit and voice in access to scholarly articles

For some reason, this week is the week of discussion of open access to scholarly articles. Here is a call for scientists to share results or lose funding (in Bloomberg). Here in the NYT is concern that new legislation will lock down NIH funded research where previously it had been openly available. Here is Kevin Drum (late to the party) commenting … Continue reading Exit and voice in access to scholarly articles