ERIC Number: EJ831851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-30
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Physicists Set Plan in Motion to Change Publishing System
Young, Jeffrey R.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n21 pA1 Jan 2009
In what some are calling a peaceful revolution, researchers have mounted a takeover of high-energy-physics publishing. One signature at a time, national research agencies and university libraries have pledged to support a radical new system that would replace expensive subscriptions to leading journals with membership in a nonprofit group. The new organization would then dole out money to journal publishers, while pushing them to distribute all articles free online and to keep their prices in check. The key: By teaming up, the libraries, which pay the bills, and the researchers, who provide the articles, will exert unprecedented leverage. The strategy might also convince journal editors who have been reluctant to give away all of their content for fear of losing money, that libraries will continue to pay them even in an open-access system. The group is called Scoap[superscript 3], the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics. Since the project first announced its plan, in 2007, some of the world's leading institutions have expressed willingness to participate and pledged millions of dollars in support if the project comes together.
Descriptors: Physics, Researchers, Research Libraries, Periodicals, Academic Discourse, Faculty Publishing, Economic Factors, Economic Change, Access to Information, Peer Evaluation
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