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    universityofcalifornia.edu_uc-terminates-subscriptions-worlds-largest-scientific-publisher-push-open-access-publicly?

    As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals.
    “Make no mistake: The prices of scientific journals now are so high that not a single university in the U.S. — not the University of California, not Harvard, no institution — can afford to subscribe to them all,” said Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian and economics professor at UC Berkeley, and co-chair of UC’s negotiation team. “Publishing our scholarship behind a paywall deprives people of the access to and benefits of publicly funded research. That is terrible for society.”
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    So why don't they just self-publish?

    I definitely understand the concern with all of this but if that's such an issue I think they have they capabilities to overcome it pretty easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrix View Post
    So why don't they just self-publish?

    I definitely understand the concern with all of this but if that's such an issue I think they have they capabilities to overcome it pretty easily.
    That may be what happens... but the reality is that publishing in recognised reputable journals is important for academic careers. New journals don't always have the traction or history, particularly for new researchers trying to create a career. It is not just an open market it is about quality peer review as well. If universities/societies get together and start producing their own open access journals that become reputable and recognised then the problem will go away, but that will take time and does not solve the problem now.

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    Good step. Hopefully the other US bigshots follow.
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    It’s difficult. If I tried to do this, I’d get kicked out. You definitely need large institutions like UC to take the leap, especially in the biological sciences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    It’s difficult. If I tried to do this, I’d get kicked out. You definitely need large institutions like UC to take the leap, especially in the biological sciences.
    Lets be honest here, this is only happening because of researchgate and sci-hub. Without that all the power lay with the publishing houses, the time it would have taken to start new journals would have probably resulted in failure and a hard time for researchers. Now both government and universities have the chance to put pressure on the publishing houses to change the model. The publishing houses are going to do everything to stop that, who wants to give up their money printing machines.
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