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Green Open Access Journals and SciPost


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Green Open Access Journals and SciPost

  1. 1. Claudio Attaccalite  Scientific Publishing  and  SciPost The views expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views of the SciPost fondation Illustrations by Dom McKenzie
  2. 2. Scientific Publishing                 is a remarkable big business  With a total global revenues of more than £19bn, it weights between recording and film industries but it is more profitable  For example Elsevier in 2010 posted a profit margin  of 36%. Higher than Apple or Google 20%  for society publishers and 25% for university publishers Successful magazines make profits of around 12­15% This margin raised to 40% in 2013
  3. 3. Why Scientific Publishing                 is so profitable? Governments fund  scientists  Scientists give their results to publishers for free Scientists peer review  manuscripts Publishers sell products  to libraries A triple pay system Governments fund libraries
  4. 4. What about (gold) Open access        ● In physics the major part of journals allows authors  to self­archive contents that have been published  ●  Open­access journals have a lower publication  cost (only online, new companies, better  workflow) ● Conversion to OPJ is slow because subscriptions  are paid by universities, and for scientists  perspective subscriptional journals are for free. but
  5. 5. (Gold) Open access                 is not a solution ●  PloS ONE    $1350  70% ●  Physical Review Letters  $2700        35% ●  Nature                                      $30k­40k     8%  ● Publication cost  is proportional to  impact factor (you can pay  to get more visibility) ● Acceptance rate is higher
  6. 6. green Open Access (SciPost and others) Let’s bring some money  back to science
  7. 7. An idea of Jean-Sébastien Caux
  8. 8. ● Two­way open access: for  readers and authors! ● Managed by professional scientists ● Non­profit ● Peer­witnessed refereeing Scientific publications  undergo a peer refereeing process, witnessed by the  community instead of hidden behind closed doors. ● Accountable and credited refereeing Peer refereeing should be accountable, and should be incentivized by being  credited ● Post­publication evaluation Peer evaluation does not stop at the moment of publication.
  9. 9. Submission through arXiv  SciPost Editor (me) Three referees are  contacted Referees report  and editor  recommendation Decision on publication or rejection is  taken by the Editorial College PublicationComments Rejection
  10. 10. Conclusions ● green Open Access journal (SciPost and others) are  a valid alternative to Open­Access Journal and  Subscriptional Journal  ● They will not substitute normal journals but can push them to low  their prices ‘You  have  no  idea  how  profitable  these  journals  are  once  you  stop  doing  anything.  When  you’re  building  a  journal,  you  spend  time  getting good editorial boards etc.. and then ….. we stop doing all that  stuff and then the cash just pours out and you wouldn’t believe how  wonderful it is.’ Pierre Vinken, the CEO of Elsevier  Let’s bring some money back to science
  11. 11. References: ● SciPost, ● Open access: The true cost of science publishing ● How much does it cost to publish in Open Access? ● To Open Access or not to Open Access? ● Giornali ad accesso aperto e giornali per ricercatori ricchi (italian) ● Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? ● SciELO, ● Quantum Journal, ● The Truth about China’s Cash-for-Publication Policy