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Opinion: Is open-access publishing the wave of the future?

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Yes, definitely. It solves too many problems with the existing ecosystem not to be fairly inevitable in at least some imaginable time frame

Dupuis, John. Whither science publishing. Confessions of a Science Librarian, September 5, 2012. Available from:


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September 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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STM journals: the end of Big Deal is approaching!

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A very interesting annual report by Allen Press shows how some new trends on the american publishing industry could definitely change the business models of Big STM publishers…

Some findings:

Budget cuts have become inevitable, forcing publishers to restrategize and libraries to make even tougher purchasing decisions. (…)

2012 journal prices increased but not at the levels seen in prior years… (…)

Pressure on Publishers:

  • Publishers are also faced with the ongoing erosion of their subscription bases. Some institutions  simply cannot make ends meet when it comes to their shrinking or flat budgets
  • Publishers are also struggling to get the advertising dollars they once did to help financially support their publications. (…) Online advertising has not proved to bring in revenue equitable to that of its print counterpart
  • Increasing competition, especially from new Open Access and mega journals, has added to the struggle of publishers as well

Despite implementing cost-cutting actions, many libraries continue to struggle to keep up  with increasing serials pricing. Libraries do not have the resources to continue to exist in a world of ever-increasing prices, nor can publishers survive without positive cash flow. (…)

The results indicated that in order to achieve budget goals, 78% of librarian respondents will likely cut print
journals for the next fiscal year and 86% of librarian respondents are likely to move print plus online subscriptions to online only. In 2010, approximately 27% of publishers surveyed reported a decline in their print business greater than 10%. (…)

Mobile access:

Publishers need to be responding to the surge of such technology by making their content readily available on mobile devices. (…) Mobile technology allows library customers to connect to their local library’s virtual catalog for  audiobooks and eBooks. Scientific journal content  is also becoming more available with mobile options such as SciVerse Mobile from Elsevier and EBSCOhost Mobile from EBSCO Publishing. Opportunities to have information anytime and anywhere are constantly growing. (…)

We are now in the middle of a new transition where users demand the ability to consume content anywhere and at all times. Online access is a necessity rather than a novelty or add-on. Content is still key, but it is moving mobile. Libraries, publishers, and users can all benefit, but only if pricing becomes sustainable. (…)

New models suggestion:

We live in a time where library patrons want immediate access to even more journal content, and libraries are searching for ways to meet these demands with even tighter budgets. Thus, pay-per-view (PPV) or transactional access may be the way of the future for some as an alternative to Big Deals. (…) It’s not seen as a replacement, but rather as a supplement to other existing models. Traditional subscriptions still make sense and are the most cost-effective choice for high-usage title (…)

Another emerging option is the read-only short-term loan or article rental. It has a low cost and offers 24-hour access; however, it is not available for download or print, and each use equals another payment… (…)

The End of Big Deal:

In fact, business models have changed tremendously since the arrival of consortial purchasing and the Big Deal. Now, however, libraries are looking for different ways to meet user demands for information in the digital realm. As current methods of selling content become outdated, it may be necessary for publishers to reevaluate their business models(…) …, analysts are suggesting that the end of the Big Deal is approaching.

Open Access:

Librarians and researchers are pushing for a move toward Open Access (OA) because of ever-increasing prices, and it is has become a practical channel for distributing scholarly information. But publishers believe their current business models are a must to maintain the quality of their products, and they have concerns about how to develop a sustainable business model to support OA. (…)

Solution: improve the content

With Big Deals and smaller publishers struggling  to compete, the focus should be on content. (…) Researchers read articles, not journals. Every article needs to be significant and contribute to driving usage of your journal.

Read the full report at:

Tillery, Kodi. 2012 study of subscription prices for scholarly society journals: society journals pricing trends and industry overview. White paper, Allen Press, 2012. 19 p. Available for free from:

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August 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm

95% of librarians believe in OA future

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According a study provided by an OA european publisher.

The survey revealed high levels of awareness of OA – 95% of the respondents stated they were very or quite familiar with the OA model.  Librarians highlight a number of benefits of OA publishing models:

  • Ease of access to content
  • Increased visibility, usage and impact for authors
  • Improved sharing and collaboration
  • Improved public engagement with research
  • Broad benefits for society of improved access to research
  • Improved return on investment for funders of research


  • 78% of respondents support OA publishing, with only 5.5% stating they oppose the model.
  • 95% believe OA is already delivering benefits, or will do in the future.

Librarians did express some concern about OA publishing models.  In particular that the charges levied by publishers would create a barrier for authors with limited access to funding, while opening up the potential for ‘vanity’ publishing for those with funds.”

The full article:

Skelton, Val. How OA is changing the role of librarians, Information Today Europe, 5th of July 2012, Available from: [Accessed 9th July 2012]

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July 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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Paid Open Access by STM commercial publishers: a study

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Interesting findings in this indian study:

  • Open access is a BIG THING even for commercial science publishers

  • Fees are often around 2,000 up to 3,000 $


DR. RUPAK CHAKRAVARTY &  DIMPLE SHARMA. Paid Open Access: A Comparative Study of Selected International Publishers. International Journal of Digital Library Services (IJODLS), Jan-March 2012, Volume-2, Issue-1, Available from: [Accessed 22 June 2012]

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June 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

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Research Information (June/July 2012): again an amazing issue!

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Patients as partners: Reports from the Health 2.0 workshop held recently in Lyon, France

Patients as partners
David Stuart. Web 2.0 in libraries should be more than social media.
Dave explains the differences between social media and Web 2.0 and gives some clues to other avenues that still need to be explored by the library and information professional.
Michael Clarke. The need for semantics. Definition and role of semantics, and what is the future impact on journals publishing.
 David Armstrong. Does ‘commercial’ have to be a dirty word?. David defends the superiority of the golden Open Access model
Sian Harris. Opening up e-book access. Sian explains how the topic of Open Access e-book is emerging.

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June 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Quote: Open Access “Why are we still at 20 per cent instead of 100 per cent?”

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During the PEER End of Project results conference in Brussels, Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission (EC) responsible for the Digital Agenda, began the meeting with a strong message of support from the EC for open access.

‘We need more timely access to scientific articles in Europe. We need open access to scientific information,’ she said, and extended her support beyond journal articles to include access to research data.

Open access is growing: today representing well over 7500 journals, and 20 per cent of scientific articles. But that is slow growth…Why are we still at 20 per cent instead of 100 per cent? Because even though scientists accept the principle of free online access, there are barriers to putting it into practice,’ she continued.

‘Still today many public funding bodies and research institutes do not do enough to ensure open access to their results. Still today, some publishers continue to impose restrictive conditions on researchers. Still today, only 60 per cent of publishers allow for self-archiving.’

Nonetheless, she acknowledged the economic pressures involved in open access. ‘Of course, that transformation also needs to take place in the real world, based on real economics,’ she said. ‘Publishing 1.5 million articles per year doesn’t happen for free. Nor does organising peer review, a process which remains – and needs to remain – the hallmark of quality science. As everywhere, service providers in this space, whether private or public, can only keep on providing services if their business models are sustainable. We can expect investments only where returns are likely: that is normal.’

Reported by: Weighing up gold and green. Research information, 30 may 2012, Available from:

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May 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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Switching to Open Access is a challenge for authors

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An interesting note from a finish researcher:

As an author I am in favour of open access (OA) as a concept for medical publishing. When drafting manuscripts, accessing articles freely from any computer without any passwords is very convenient. However, I have never submitted to an OA journal – partly because of more cautious views of other research group members. (…)

However, many researchers collect their meagre funding from small supporters, and the costs of OA publishing may be intolerable to them. (…)

The increase of OA publishing is supposed to lower the subscription  expenses of institutional libraries. Therefore, the universities and other research institutions should use the saved money to support their researchers to submit in OA journals.

Saloheimo, Pertti. Switching to open access publishing is challenging. International Journal of Clinical Practice. May 2012, Vol. 66, N°5, pp. 515-517. Available from: [Accessed 24th May 2012]

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May 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

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