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Study of Open Access Publishing

Objective

The shift from print-based to digital documents demands innovation from scientific publishers. Several radical new Open Access Publishing (OAP) business models have already emerged. The SOAP consortium represents key stakeholders such as publishers, funding agencies and a broad spectrum of research disciplines. It was formed to fuel the debate about the future of scientific publishing elaborated in COMMUNICATION (2007) 56, on scientific information in the digital age: access, dissemination and preservation. We believe that a variety of forms of OAP will ultimately co-exist, balancing attributes such as the cultural identities of the various stakeholders, career development paths, the perceived value of refereed publications and wider societal demand for access to information. The interests of researchers in the European Research Area (ERA) and worldwide will only be addressed by genuinely sustainable forms of publishing and commitment to change will only come about as a result of rational business decisions based on concrete evidence which does not exist today. The wider open access debate often relies on extrapolations and assumptions. We plan to begin to deliver evidence by: (1) Defining attributes that differentiate various business models for open access and identifying the drivers that motivate researchers in their desire for publication. OAP is unsustainable unless it makes sense for both publisher and researcher. (2) Providing the European Commission, publishers and funding agencies with the results of a comprehensive survey of the attitudes of researchers in the ERA. These will give real insight into the demand and importance of OAP for its ultimate users. (3) Applying the survey results to a range of specific publishing scenarios. We will describe and analyse new OAP solutions so that these may be emulated by other publishers, institutions and communities in an orderly transition to OAP wherever possible.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Address
Esplanade Des Particules 1 Parcelle 11482 De Meyrin Batiment Cadastral 1046
1211 Geneva 23
Switzerland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 264 709
Administrative Contact
Salvatore Mele (Dr.)

Participants (5)

Klinik Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie
Germany
EU contribution
€ 232 060
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Josef Kastner
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 71 867
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Simon Lambert (Mr.)
BIOMED CENTRAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 85 748
Address
Cleveland Street, Middlesex House 34-42
W1T 4LB W1t 4Lb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthew Cockerill (Dr.)
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 77 726
Address
City Road 55, Oliver's Yard 1
EC1Y 1SP London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Ross (Mr.)
SPRINGER-VERLAG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 77 809
Address
Heidelberger Platz 3
14197 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wim Van Der Stelt (Mr.)