Disrupting the subscription journals’ business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open access
A Max Planck Digital Library Open Access Policy White Paper
Published: 28 April 2015
License: CC-BY 4.0, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Authors: Ralf Schimmer¹, Kai Karin Geschuhn¹, Andreas Vogler¹
¹ Max Planck Digital Library, Amalienstraße 33, 80799 München, Germany
This paper makes the strong, fact-based case for a large-scale transformation of the current corpus of scientific subscription journals to an open access business model. The existing journals, with their well-tested functionalities, should be retained and developed to meet the demands of 21st century research, while the underlying payment streams undergo a major restructuring. There is sufficient momentum for this decisive push towards open access publishing. The diverse existing initiatives must be coordinated so as to converge on this clear goal. The international nature of research implies that this transformation will be achieved on a truly global scale only through a consensus of the world’s most eminent research organizations. All the indications are that the money already invested in the research publishing system is sufficient to enable a transformation that will be sustainable for the future. There needs to be a shared understanding
that the money currently locked in the journal subscription system must be withdrawn and repurposed for open access publishing services. The current library acquisition budgets are the ultimate reservoir for enabling the transformation without financial or other risks. The goal is to preserve the established service levels provided by publishers that are still requested by researchers, while redefining and reorganizing the necessary payment streams. By disrupting the underlying business model, the viability of journal publishing can be preserved and put on a solid footing for the scholarly developments of the future.
The University of North Texas (UNT), in furtherance of its commitment to the global open access movement, sponsors an annual symposium on Open Access.
Please see here for information about previous years’ events, speakers and presentations.
The 2015 symposium’s theme is “Open Access and the Law.”
The scheduled dates of the 2015 symposium — at the UNT Dallas College of Law — are Monday-Tuesday, May 18-19, 2015.
It will open on Monday evening May 18th with a reception.
Substantive programs will then take place the following day.
Speakers will include individuals working on the authentication of electronic legal materials as well as on institutional repositories.
More information on the 2015 symposium will become available soon.
Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.
Earlier this month the U.S. Library of Congress made available — on Congress.gov — “a new optional email-alerts system that makes tracking legislative action even easier.”
Please see the explanatory news release “Congress.gov Offers Users New Alert System” of 5-Feb-2015 here.
A pilot program in Fresno, California to create and distribute court transcripts in The Cloud offers hope on the legal transcript front — please see:
Sean Doherty, Law Technology News
See also here for YesLAW Online.
Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.
The U.S. National Agricultural Library (NAL) has debuted PubAg, a user-friendly search engine, which provides “enhanced access” to the public to search for and obtain research published by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
Please see here for the USDA’s press release about PubAg.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recently released its Living Planet Report 2014 — for the full report, please see here.
Unfortunately, biodiversity on earth seems to be in worse shape than ever and is declining in both temperate and tropical regions of the earth, although the decline is reportedly greater in the tropics.
Per the U.S. Library of Congress, Congress.gov — the successor to THOMAS — is no longer in its beta phase — please see the following news release:
Congress.gov Officially Out of Beta
From the news release, here are some new features/enhancements:
- New Feature: Congress.gov Resources
– A new resources section providing an A to Z list of hundreds of links related to Congress
– An expanded list of “most viewed” bills each day, archived to July 20, 2014
- New Feature: House Committee Hearing Videos
– Live streams of House Committee hearings and meetings, and an accompanying archive to January, 2012
- Improvement: Advanced Search
– Support for 30 new fields, including nominations, Congressional Record and name of member
- Improvement: Browse
– Days in session calendar view
– Roll Call votes
– Bill by sponsor/co-sponsor
Last month, coincident with the 107th Annual Meeting and Conference of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in San Antonio, LexisNexis launched a new product called Legal Content Insider as “a one-stop destination to stay connected and up-to-date on the evolving landscape of legal publications.”
Please see the LexisNexis press release for this new resource here.
E-book subscription service Scribd and “For Dummies” reference series publisher Wiley have partnered to make available 1,000 of Wiley’s books within Scribd’s e-book subscription service.
Please see the following press release:
And see a number of the Wiley “For Dummies” titles here.
Hat tip to ResourceShelf.com.