Richard Van Noorden ~ Open Access: The True Cost Of Science Publishing

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 Michael Eisen doesn’t hold back when invited to vent. “It’s still ludicrous how much it costs to publish research — let alone what we pay,” he declares. The biggest travesty, he says, is that the scientific community carries out peer review — a major part of scholarly publishing — for free, yet subscription-journal publishers charge billions of dollars per year, all told, for scientists to read the final product. “It’s a ridiculous transaction,” he says.

Eisen, a molecular biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that scientists can get much better value by publishing in open-access journals, which make articles free for everyone to read and which recoup their costs by charging authors or funders. Among the best-known examples are journals published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), which Eisen co-founded in 2000. “The costs of research publishing can be much lower than people think,” agrees Peter Binfield, co-founder of one of the newest open-access journals, PeerJ, and formerly a publisher at PLoS.

Read more: http://www.nature.com/open-access-the-true-cost

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2 Responses to “Richard Van Noorden ~ Open Access: The True Cost Of Science Publishing”

  1. Eric Weiss
    January 15th, 2016 @ 5:37 pm

    I am trying to reach Richard Van Noorden.

  2. RQ
    March 15th, 2016 @ 12:11 pm

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