Springer and Macmillan. A Marriage Made in Heaven?

Holtzbrinck Publishing announces agreement to merge majority of Macmillan Science and Education with Springer Science+Business Media.

This is a strategic transaction by Holtzbrinck and BCP aimed at securing the long-term growth of both businesses. It will create a leading global science and education publishing house with the opportunity to better serve its authors, the research community, academic institutions, learned societies and corporate research departments, as well as to extend its reach within the education and learning markets.

Path Dependence and Academic Publishing

Publishing in academia still bears the imprints of the book age.
Just as in the story of the QWERTY keyboard, a system of academic publishing prevailed that works, but is suboptimal. The established system of academic publishing, from submission, review, and publication is in the eye of the socio-technological opportunities outdated. It takes too much time, it is too expensive and leads to an artificial scarcity of content. It no longer reflects the zeitgeist.

Not breaking news: many scientific studies are ultimately proved wrong!

When a theory is shown to be incorrect or a publication in error, it is all too easy to think that the scientist who came up with this theory is a liar or a dishonest fraudster intent on misleading the public for personal gain. Or as Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, puts it: Most scientific studies are wrong, and they are wrong because scientists are interested in funding and careers rather than truth.

The Guardian, Occam's Corner.

Open data and open access – what society loses when knowledge is offline

Elite journals: to hell in a handbasket?

SciAm Blogs. 

Are Some Current Open Access Mandates Backfiring on the Intended Beneficiaries?

Open Access server of the German National Library of Economics

Interview with PeerJ Editor Fabiana Kubke

Tech Therapy: Episode 104: Professor Sees ‘Moral Imperative’ for Open Access

Academic Publishing Survey of funders supports the benign Open Access outcome priced into shares

Public sector funders finance ~80% of world’s academic research.

World wide web creator sees open access future for academic publishing