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.
Interesting move from Nature: All research papers from Nature
will be made free to read in a proprietary screen-view format. It can be annotated but not copied, printed or downloaded. Is this open access or public relations? John Wilbanks:
"With access mandates on the march around the world, this appears to be more about getting ahead of the coming reality in scientific publishing. Now that the funders call the tune and the funders want the articles on the web at no charge, these articles are going to be open anyway.”
A rare insight to academic publishing in China.
Many aspects of China's academic publishing system differ from the systems found in liberal market based economies of the United States, Western Europe and Australia. A high level of government intervention in both the publishing industry and academia and the challenges associated with attempting to make a transition from a centrally controlled towards a more market based publishing industry are two notable differences; however, as in other countries, academic communities and publishers are being transformed by digital technologies. This research explores the complex yet dynamic digital transformation of academic publishing in China, with a specific focus of the open and networked initiatives inspired by Web 2.0 and social media. The thesis draws on two case studies: Science Paper Online, a government-operated online preprint platform and open access mandate; and New Science, a social reference management website operated by a group of young PhD students. Its analysis of the innovations, business models, operating strategies, influences, and difficulties faced by these two initiatives highlights important characteristics and trends in digital publishing experiments in China.
This blog post is stimulated by an article in Nature: Cost of Publishing
; this blog post supports open access publishing in general and lists OA Journals for Ecology and the Environment.
Scientific findings get mostly published in expensive scientific journals. That the authors may publish their findings themselves one year after the journal article has been published seems to many a foul trick.
Blog entry on wiley blog.
Publishing Research Consortium 2013: Text Mining and Scholarly Publishing
by Jonathan Clark, independent advisor on strategy and innovation. Prior he worked with Elsevier for 20 years in various roles in publishing, product management, technology, strategy & business development. Clark is a former Chair and Director of the International DOI Foundation.
Blog post by Peter Suber, director of Harvard open access project.
Advocating open access. Blog.