Springer Open (Access) June 29, 2010Posted by Andre Vellino in Open Access.
Not only is that a progressive move, it’s an economic necessity. As academic libraries are cutting back on subscriptions to deal with budget cuts and publishers increase their subscription fees, the net result of the traditional economic model can only spell disaster, as evidenced by the recent and public battle between the University of California and Nature Publishing Group.
Making authors and researcher funders pay for academic publishing and giving away access to readers seems to be the only viable model left. I think it’s only a matter of time before other academic publishers follow suit.
I worry a little about independent researchers who don’t have the thousands of dollars in grant money that are going to be required to engage in the peer-reviewed publishing process. University budgets are being squeezed too and the Open Access model is going to add pressure on that part of the overall academic publishing ecosystem.