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Springer Open (Access) June 29, 2010

Posted by Andre Vellino in Open Access.

The science publisher Springer has announced that it has fully adopted the open access model for its on-line journals: Springer Open!

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.


1. Daniel Lemire - June 29, 2010

I could not figure out which journals were part of this “Springer Open” initiative.

Depending on the fees, it could be a problem for “independent” researchers, as you say. But then, one might hope that journals would compete and that it would put a pressure on the price.

2. Andre Vellino - June 29, 2010

The BioMed Central Blog lists the following Springer journals:

Planetary Science
Global Energy
Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience
Health Economics Review
Journal of Mathematics in Industry
Journal of Remanufacturing
Environmental Sciences Europe
Security and Intelligence Informatics
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Express
Bulletin of Mathematical Sciences
Gold Bulletin
Psychology and Well-Being Research

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