Monday, January 05, 2009

Open access to scientific journals

In Nov. 08, Discover named Harold Varmus one of the ten most influential people in science and wrote:

Varmus’s latest challenge has been an attempt to overhaul the system of publishing research in journals so that all papers are freely available on the Internet —instead of only by expensive subscription. This allows researchers at any level of income, in any part of the world, to build on the body of knowledge. The manifestation of Varmus’s effort, the Public Library of Science and its roster of academic publications, has become one of the most cited sources in academic research and has inspired others worldwide to follow its lead.

See alsoWhy submit your research to PLoS?

IPWatch in Jan. 09 wrote:

As rising prices of top-quality journals in high-energy physics jeopardise researchers’ access to essential peer-reviewed articles, leading physicists have put forward an alternative model for open access publishing. (...)

A new model for open access publishing has emerged, aiming to convert the entire body of HEP literature to open access. The publisher’s subscription income from multiple institutions would be replaced by income from a single financial partner: the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP).

Separately, note SSRN.


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