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Publishers vs. Open Access January 27, 2007

Posted by Andre Vellino in Open Access, Open Source.

News@Nature.com reports that Elsevier, Wiley and the American Chemical Society have consulted with Eric Dezenhall, the controversial author of Nail ‘Em! Confronting High-Profile Attacks on Celebrities and Businesses, to help them strategize on how to deal with the Open Access movement.

This conflict rather reminds me of the early days of the Microsoft vs. open source software battles. I think that, as with Open Source, the Open Access movement will eventually develop a range sustainable business models that enables traditional publishers to continue making money (e.g. by providing value-added information retrieval services) without needing to own exclusive rights to the content.


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