[Irtalk] The cost of scientific publishing: update and call for action | Open Access Working Group

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Sep 15 21:39:30 SAST 2014

*The ‘Big deals’ that ELSEVIER and other scientific publishers have made
with libraries, form their insurance for long term profits.* Making these
deals subject to confidentiality actively prevents decrease of prices for
publishing which would otherwise occur through market mechanisms. And
better still from the publisher’s viewpoint, so-called hybrid journals that
allow open-access publishing at a price, only add to the profits. Although
publishers say that prices for subscriptions will be lowered when the
proportion of paid for open access articles increase, there is as yet no
sign of this. APC charges for open access articles in hybrid journals are
on the average $900 more expensive than for full open access journals (as
Dave Robberts reported on Google+).

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