Monday, 26 June 2017

Elsevier losses questioned in SciHub case

This is a guest blog by Professor Charles Oppenheim which details some intriguing calculations from the Elsevier copyright case against Sci-Hub. Important questions are posed, will someone from Elsevier be willing to answer them?

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Gold is a dead model for Open Access Books

Book of the Dead
of the Priest of Horus, Imhotep (Imuthes),
ca. 332–200 B.C. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/551786
The recent final reports for the Academic Book of the Future are a revealing, well balanced account of the current and future state of scholarly monograph publishing in the UK. One feature is the close attention given to Open Access in books (pages 175-195 in Michael Jubb's report) .

In this blog I want to unpack the consequences of Book Processing Charges in a Gold OA environment and how they would be utterly unsustainable in a future OA mandated REF environment.