Posted by: bluesyemre | April 16, 2012

Better models for open access

  • Your editorial  offers a dangerously limited analysis of the successful role played by scientific publishers in the UK’s research community. Far from being an “extraordinary racket”, journals serve research communities, and publishers shoulder the administrative burden of filtering 3 million submissions to 20,000 journals, a colossal task of which the UK is a global hub. All of this needs funding, but the “direct grants” you allude to are far from universally available to research authors, especially outside the biomedical sciences. Instead, the system of subscriptions ensures that there is continuing investment in top-tier scientific journals, for which the UK has a global reputation. 

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