The Hindu newspaper recently published a highly revealing interview with Leslie Chan, champion of the Open Access Initiative, about the impact of Open Access on scientific development. A few extracts from the interview in particular deserve some additional comments.
The validity of the Open Access model is constantly being debated when it comes to scientific publishing. Many researchers are still uncertain whether to publish in this model or not. What are then the benefits of publishing in Open Access? We should take a closer look at this question, especially now, when publishing in this model is becoming increasingly popular and accepted by the scientific community.
One of the really fascinating points made in the Berstein Report (see here for previous coverage) is that a small proportion of journals account for most the readership within a certain field. We can see this in the graph below: The data used here is taken from ten universities for readership of articles in the life sciences (they also looked at chemistry, which produced a similar ‘long tail’ dynamic), with the graph showing that the bottom 75% of articles account for 10 to 25% of the readership. This ‘long tail’ of journals is a real elephant in the academic publishing world: for authors […]
Berstein Research recently released a report entitled The Tyranny of Competition – SCOAP3 shows that price premium is difficult to sustain in an OA World (see here). If you haven’t guessed from the title, the report doesn’t make for rosy reading if you’re at Reed Elsevier. There are lots of interesting nuggets of information contained within in the report. One thing I want to briefly highlight is that the APCs (Author Processing Charges) submitted by publishers are well below what Reed Elsevier needs to sustain its current level of journal revenues: Our analysis shows that Elsevier journal revenues would be […]
The progress of science wouldn’t be possible without scientific journals, which play a key role in reporting new research findings. With thousands of scientific journals published today, obviously of various quality – there is a need – for authors, readers, librarians or funders alike – to have a reliable instrument for measuring a journal’s importance and relevance to the academic community. The most common method of evaluating journals uses bibliometric citation analysis – and its most universally used instrument is impact factor, which is calculated and published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), now part of Thomson Reuters. Impact factor […]