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Publishers opening up to Open Access archiving

Researchers have voiced their support to Open Access (OA) that makes their works available to anyone free of cost. While commercial publishers have given a subdued response to OA, scientists welcome OA archiving, wherein institutions or academics maintain an electronic format of the studies submitted by the scientists. Amidst disapproval… Read More

Open access movement gaining ground in STM publishing

The “open access movement”, which is rapidly gaining ground in the area of STM publishing, stresses the free use of online medical research. As commercial publishers set high prices for medical periodicals and libraries struggle to sustain amidst shrinking budgets, a debate has flared up on the need for open… Read More

Do science publishers still have a role?

The open access movement is gaining momentum. Critics have voiced their strong protests against the pricing of STM journals. The spiralling prices were, in fact, the major reason for the launch and rapid spreading of the open access movement. Does this mean the end of SRM publishers? No, says Bill… Read More

Scientific books vanishing from reach

Sir Crispin Davis, Chief Executive of Reed Elsevier, UK, has expressed his appreciation for the growth of STM journals, with the volume published increasing 3 percent every year. He has stressed the need to alter the tax rules for digital content published, distributed and archived to support the recent trend… Read More

Author-pays model in open access medical journal

The Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction is an open access journal launched by BioMed, UK, in September 2004. Its working model involves the authors paying a fee to have their articles processed and published in the journal while maintaining the copyright. It is a win-win model, says the… Read More

Open access in medical publishing: trends and countertrends

PLoS issued its first open access journal in October 2003. Publisher BMJ has allotted US$9 million to ‘challenge the status quo of medical publishing’. However, due to increasing hits to its website, BMJ has started charging non-subscribers for the all papers except the original study. Read the author’s perception on… Read More

Scientific publishing on the ‘Semantic Web’

Communicating scientific data through published journals is becoming traditional with the increased use of Internet space. An emerging medium of communication of scientific articles, the Internet is already challenged by the ‘Semantic Web’. This concept will allow publishing papers to add relevant machine-readable markups in the report. Read More

STM publishing in the UK: trends captured

The market for scientific journals is global, with 2,000 publishers printing 1.2 million articles every year. As noted by OFT, the top STM publishers account for 37 percent of the rated journals. Researches in the UK have contributed almost 5 percent of the total STM content. Newer technologies have created… Read More

STM position on NIH open access proposal

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) expresses its stance on the US National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) decision to implement open access for its researchers. The proposal to make NIH-funded research studies open to all does not measure the consequence. The article suggests a market investigation… Read More

E-journal pricing: taking scholars into account

The advent of e-journals has changed the pricing structures of scientific and medical journals. It has also heralded significant changes in the behaviour of subscribers/scholars. However, libraries and publishers have failed to adequately consider the importance of the behaviour of scholars in the pricing of scientific e-journals. This research, done… Read More


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