Open Access

The Economist on Open Access mandates

“PUBLISHING obscure academic journals is that rare thing in the media industry: a licence to print money. An annual subscription to Tetrahedron, a chemistry journal, will cost your university library $20,269; a year of the Journal of Mathematical Sciences will set you back $20,100. In 2011 Elsevier, the biggest academic-journal publisher, made a profit of £768m ($1.2 billion) on revenues of £2.1 billion. Such margins (37%, up from 36% in 2010) are possible because the journals’ content is largely provided free by researchers, and the academics who peer-review their papers are usually unpaid volunteers. The journals are then sold to the very universities that provide the free content and labour. For publicly funded research, the result is that the academics and taxpayers who were responsible for its creation have to pay to read it. This is not merely absurd and unjust; it also hampers education and research.”
Continue reading  online  or in the Economist’s print edition from 14th April.

NZZ Online: Wie Wissenschaftsverlage den freien Zugang zu Informationen zu blockieren versuchen

Der ETH-Bibliothek soll per Klage verboten werden, Dokumente in elektronischer Form an ihre Nutzer zu verschicken, Nutzer sollen die Artikel für 30 EUR (!) direkt beim Verlag kaufen.

Wissenschaftsverlag Elsevier unterstützt US Gesetzesvorschlag der die Open Access Plattform “Pub Med Central” mittelfristig den Garaus machen soll.

Mehr: Ein Bärendienst an der Forschung – Hintergrund, Wissenschaft, NZZ Online, 02.02.2012

Ausserdem: Petition by researchers against Elsevier:

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Open Access statistics and Luxembourg

Lots of statistics about Repositories, updated live at OpenDOAR – Open Access Repositories.

Some examples: Most used software by far is Dspace and repositories hold on average 1433 journal articles.

Nothing from Luxembourg either in ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories) which also provides interesting statistics on the repositories’ activity levels.

On to the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) which manages a curated list of quality controlled open access journals, also showing massive growth. And there is one registered journal from Luxembourg, called Articulo (published via the French open access platform!

The same astounding growth of Open Access publishing can be seen in BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

All of this is made possible through open access policies and lots of open source software under the hood, such as the metadata exchange protocol OAI from Open Archives.

The big questions: Is Luxembourg missing a megatrend, or is there simply no awareness to register open access publications and repositories?