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Study on the economic and technical evolution of the scientific publication markets in Europe, Final Report

Funded under: FP6-POLICIES

Abstract

Dissemination and access to research results is a pillar in the development of the European Research Area. Aware of current public debates that reveal worries about the conditions of access and dissemination of scientific publications, the European Commission�s Directorate- General for Research has commissioned a study that seeks: (i) to assess the evolution of the market for scientific publishing; and (ii) to discuss the potential desirability of European level measures to help improve the conditions governing access to and the exchange, dissemination and archiving of scientific publications (taking into account all actors/ stakeholders of the sector).
The report builds on a voluminous existing literature. It therefore updates the �state of the art� in terms of reports, studies, surveys, and articles. It has also benefited from considerable interaction with various actors/stakeholders of the sector, policy bodies, corporate associations and interest groups. Discussion meetings took place as well as participation and exchange in scientific conferences and policy forums. Three �consultation days� were also organized, where preliminary results were discussed with publisher representatives, scholarly societies, research-funding organizations, and library representatives.
The report considers the specificities of the market for current journal issues. In doing so, it discusses the broad facts about the market; it undertakes a quantitative analysis of journal prices; it discusses the implications of technological innovation on pricing strategies and the dynamics of entry; and it analyzes the implication of these developments in terms of competition policy.

Additional information

Authors: DEWATRIPONT M, ECARES, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (BE);GINSBURGH V, ECARES, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (BE);LEGROS P, ECARES, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (BE);WALCKIERS A, ECARES, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (BE);DEVROEY J-P, Library Department, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (BE);DUJARDIN M, Library Department, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (BE);VANDOOREN F, Library Department, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (BE);DUBOIS P, IDEI, Université des Sciences Sociales, Toulouse (FR);FONCEL J, IDEI, Université des Sciences Sociales, Toulouse (FR);IVALDI M, IDEI, Université des Sciences Sociales, Toulouse (FR);HEUSSE M-D, Library Department, Université des Sciences Sociales, Toulouse (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 112 pp, free of charge
Availability: This document can be downloaded from the European Commissions website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/press/2004/pr1506en.cfm
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-01029-8
Record Number: 200618691 / Last updated on: 2006-09-07
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en,de,fr,nl,it