[Oa-italia] sostenibilita' economica OA

Elena Giglia elena.giglia a unito.it
Sab 16 Apr 2011 11:54:03 CEST

RIN ha rilasciato uno studio di sicuro interesse sulla sostenibilita'
economica dell'OA:
sembrerebbe (ma non ho letto l'integrale) in contrasto con il precedente
di Houghton.
buona lettura

This should be of interest.

STM welcomesRIN Report "Heading for the open road: costs and
benefits of transitions in scholarly communications"

STM  welcomes the publication of the RIN  Report "Heading for the
open road: costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly
communications" . Commissioned by the Research Information
Network, the Publishing Research Consortium, the Wellcome Trust,
Research Libraries UK and the UK Joint Information Systems
Committee, the study by Cambridge Economic Policy Associates and
Mark Ware Consulting is a substantial, serious and very useful
contribution to the debate around the future of scholarly
communication. STM is a founding member of the Publishing
Research Consortium and was represented on the steering group of
the project.

The study examines a number of scenarios surrounding the
transition to greater access of the scholarly publishing system
in the UK. The so-called "Gold" (or author-pays) route to open
access is the only access expansion model that the report
considers to be fully sustainable. The "Green" (or repository
self-archiving) route is found to have significant risks attached
to it. On page 28 the report states:

"Green OA offers a relatively cost-effective route to improving
access, and a relatively high BCR [benefit-cost ratio]). However,
given the risk of cancellations which may undermine the business
model, this scenario may not be self-sustaining."

Commenting on the report, Michael Mabe, CEO of STM said: "These
results largely echo STM's views about the viability of differing
routes to greater access. There are real costs involved in the
publishing, including the substantial administration, editorial
expertise and systems involved in the peer review process. The
free availability of repository versions of articles potentially
undermines the very processes that validated the repository
documents in the first place, and we see no future in this
'nobody pays' model. STM supports all and any models of access
that are sustainable and ensure the integrity and permanence of
the scholarly record on which progress is based, including Gold
open access."

STM is the leading global trade association for academic and
professional publishers. It has over 110 members in 27 countries
who each year collectively publish nearly 66% of all journal
articles and tens of thousands of monographs and reference works.
STM members include learned societies, university presses,
private companies, new starts and established players.

Research Information Network http://www.rin.ac.uk

CEPA and Mark Ware Consulting "Heading for the open road: costs
and benefits of transitions in scholarly communications" RIN,
London, April 2011, available at

dott.ssa Elena Giglia
Responsabile Progetti Open Access
Sistema Bibliotecario di Ateneo
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Torino
via Michelangelo, 27
10126 Torino
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You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and
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