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Authors' Rights and Wrongs: the Shift in Academic Publishing
Transcript of Authors' Rights and Wrongs: the Shift in Academic Publishing
His printing press
What's wrong in the publishing world?
Registration - I was the first to discover this!
Dissemination - others should know about it!
Peer review - my peers think it's ok!
Archival record - this will be my discovery forever!
Four Key Aspects of Scholarly Publishing
Ready for publication
About 2000 publishers worldwide
100 publish 67% of all journals
o 65% of all articles published are from
FOR Profit Publishers
o 3-4% University Presses
+ UP's hold 60-70% of market
on book publishing
Publishing is BIG Business
Math & Computer Sci 1,278
Health Sciences 1,132
Library Journal Periodical Price Survey, April 2006
Avg Price by Discipline
Open-access literature is digital literature that is available on the web, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Choose your publisher
Manuscript must be deposited in PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication by a scholarly journal and be made publicly available no later than one year after publication in that journal.
“The ability of public [institutions] and others to carry out their mission is dependent upon the ability of our faculty and students to gain access to the knowledge, equipment, and techniques necessary to teach and research at the cutting edge of the disciplines and engage in the practice of those “arts.” Increasingly, our faculty and researchers have seen limits placed on their access to these critical resources. Restrictions that limit the ability of public [institutions] to perform their missions make it difficult to fully implement the public good.”
Peter McPherson, On Ensuring That Intellectual Property Public Policy Promotes Progress. EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 44, no. 1 (January/February 2009): 45.
3% annual growth
1 million authors
10-15 million readers
Journal Statistics Today
"Perhaps no problem facing the individual scientist today is more defeating than the effort to cope with the flood of published scientific research, even within one's own narrow specialty."