[pp.int.general] Harvard University recomments its faculty to go open access
rayna.st at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 09:37:25 CEST 2012
Another opinion on the topic: http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=1052
(FYI, Michael Eisen is the founder of PLoS)
2012/4/25 Daniel Riaño <danielrr2 at gmail.com>
> From the memo:
> We write to communicate an untenable situation facing the Harvard Library.
>> Many large journal publishers have made the scholarly communication
>> environment fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive. This
>> situation is exacerbated by efforts of certain publishers (called
>> “providers”) to acquire, bundle, and increase the pricing on journals.
>> Harvard’s annual cost for journals from these providers now approaches
>> $3.75M. In 2010, the comparable amount accounted for more than 20% of *
>> all* periodical subscription costs and just under 10% of *all*collection costs for everything the Library acquires. Some journals cost as
>> much as $40,000 per year, others in the tens of thousands. Prices for
>> online content from two providers have increased by about 145% over the
>> past six years, which far exceeds not only the consumer price index, but
>> also the higher education and the library price indices. These journals
>> therefore claim an ever-increasing share of our overall collection budget.
>> Even though scholarly output continues to grow and publishing can be
>> expensive, profit margins of 35% and more suggest that the prices we must
>> pay do not solely result from an increasing supply of new articles.
> This could be the start of something huge in the academic world.
> One of the "two providers" is almost certainly Elsevier (my own university
> spends more than 1 million € each year in this provider alone, and this
> amount doesn't cover the full subscription, neither the full services
> provided). Which are the candidates for the other?
> Pirate Parties International - General Talk
> pp.international.general at lists.pirateweb.net
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