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  1. 1. The Example of a Hybrid Model: Springer OpenChoice / Jan Velterop, Springer Science+Business Media 复合出版模式实例:施普林格的“开放选择” / 詹·维尔特罗普 施普林格科学及商业媒体部 Publishing costs money••••• 出版需要钱 The broad availability of academic research results is doubtless welcomed by everyone. However, research results are reliable and certified only after they have undergone official peer review and appeared in a scientific journal. This formal publishing process requires qualified work, organisation, technology and infrastructure: in other words, it costs money. 毫无疑问,学术研究成果广泛可得受到每个人的欢迎。然而,研究成果只有经过正式的同行评 审并在科学期刊出版,才被认证为可信的。这种正式的出版过程,需要合格的工作、组织、技 术和基础设施,换言之,它需要钱。 Traditionally, publishers have covered their costs through subscriptions to their journals. With the development of digital formats and online platforms for journals, subscriptions have turned into licences. The underlying principle has remained the same: the reader, or the library in the name of the reader, pays for access to content. 传统上,通过订阅制度,出版社摊平其成本。随着数字格式和在线平台的发展,期刊订阅转变 成授权,其基本原则还是相同的:读者,或图书馆以读者名义,付费以获取其内容。 Then along came Open Access... 然后,开放获取出现 ... In the context of Open Access, access licences are fundamentally unsuited to generating the income needed to cover the costs of publication. Subscriptions to the printed version of a journal could, of course, still be offered, but then users would not be paying for the content of Open Access articles (these would be available online free of charge, after all), but merely for the additional comfort and service of decently printed and bound volumes. The market for such a service is in all probability significantly smaller than the market for the content itself. Thus the potential income from the journal would also be smaller, in most cases too small to support the publication. 所谓开放获取,获取授权基本上无法产生足够的收益,用以支付出版所需的成本。当然,订阅 印本期刊仍可能继续存在,但用户不会付费给开放获取的论文(毕竟可以在线免费取得),除 非额外提供适于阅读的印本及装订服务。这种服务的市场规模明显小于内容本身的市场,所以 来自期刊的潜在收益也变小,在多数情况下,不足以支持出版行为。 In the case of a few very small journals, publication costs can be taken on by universities or institutes and the necessary work can be done on an honorary basis. In such cases, online access can be granted free of charge. Where professional publishing skills are needed, however, a feasible source of finance is necessary. For this reason, an Open Access model has been developed for new journals: the author, or often the institution or academic society to which he or she belongs, pays what is known as an ‘article processing fee’ for the publication of his or her article. 某些非常小的期刊,出版费用由大学或研究机构负担,必要的工作则由志愿承担。在这种情况 下,可以免费在线获取。然而,当需要专业出版技术时,就需要可靠的财务来源支持。所以, 新期刊采用开放获取模式:由作者或者其所属的研究机构或学会支付“论文处理费”,以便出版 其论文。
  2. 2. For new journals, this is a feasible course of action. For existing journals with a loyal body of authors, on the other hand, it is not: if an established journal were suddenly to demand a processing fee from all its authors, it would risk losing them. Indeed, taking this risk can hardly be expected. On the other hand, some authors would probably be prepared to pay such a processing fee for Open Access. 对新的期刊而言,这是可行的方向;而对有忠诚作者的现存期刊而言,则是另一种考虑:如果 现存期刊突然要求作者支付处理费,必须面对失去作者的风险,没人愿意冒此风险。另一方 面,有些作者可能愿意为开放获取支付这样的处理费。 Open Choice leaves the choice to the author••••••• “开放选择”将选择权交给作者 Thomas J. Walker, the editor-in-chief of the Florida Entomologist, was the first to recognise this problem and therefore gave his authors a free choice(29). The model was known as ‘sale of electronic reprints’ to authors — the term Open Access had not yet been invented. The decisive element, however, was that authors could make their articles available free of charge to any reader via the Internet. 托马斯·J·沃克是《佛罗里达昆虫学家》的总编辑,他首先认识到此一问题,因而让他的作者自 由选择(注 29)。该模式称为向作者“出售电子重印权”──当时还没有发明“开放获取”一词,其 主要内容是,作者可以通过因特网免费提供其论文。 注 29: Electronic Reprints -- Segueing into Electronic Publication of Biological Journals = [电子重 印:继续生物期刊的电子出版] / Thomas J. Walker. 1996. BioScience 45:171, http://www.fcla.edu/FlaEnt/bioscivp.htm. Today, the ‘Walker model’ is often known as ‘hybrid model’, and forms the basic idea behind Springer Open Choice(30). As soon as articles have undergone peer review and been accepted for publication, authors have a free choice: if they decide on Open Choice, they or their institute pay a processing fee of (the equivalent of) USD 3 000, and the article is accessible online free of charge to anyone. For this type of publication, Open Access licences are used which are basically identical with a ‘Creative Commons Attribution Licence’(31): the official published version of the article can be freely disseminated anywhere by anyone, in printed form or online, provided that the author and original source are correctly acknowledged. This also applies to uploading to the Web and making photocopies. 今天,“沃克模式”被称为“混合模式”,成为“施普林格开放选择”(注 30)的基础。论文通过同 行评审并被接受出版后,作者可自由选择:如果决定“开放选择”,他们或他们的机构支付处理 费(相当于)3,000 美元,论文可以在线获取,对任何人都免费。这种出版方式,采用以“知识 共享:署名-非商业性使用”(注 31)为基础的开放获取授权:只要标示作者姓名和原始出处, 任何人都可以将正式出版的论文原文,以印本或在线方式,自由地传播。此模式也适用于上传 至万维网及复印。 注 30: Springer Open Choice = [施普林格开放选择], http://www.springer.com/openchoice. 注 31: Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Generic = [知识共享: 署名-非商业性使用 2.5 通用版], http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5; , http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by- nc/2.5/deed.zh(未本地化中文版) http://cn.creativecommons.org/?page_id=54(中文版知识共享许可协议文本) Springer Science+Business Media was the first major publishing house to implement this concept to its entire journal portfolio. Open Choice applies to all Springer journals and to most of the journals which Springer publishes in cooperative ventures. Some critics doubt that Open Access can guarantee the scientific quality of articles. At least for the hybrid model, these fears are unfounded, since authors may
  3. 3. choose Springer Open Choice only after their articles have successfully undergone the peer review process and after they have been accepted for publication. Just as in the traditional subscription model, scientific quality is the only criterion for this decision. 施普林格科学与商业媒体部是第一个将此概念应用在整个期刊组合的大型出版社,“开放选 择”适用于所有施普林格出版的期刊,以及大部分与其合作的期刊。有些批评家怀疑开放获取能 够保证论文的科学质量。至少在混合模式下,这些担心是毫无根据的,只有论文通过同行评 审、准备出版后,作者才能参加“施普林格开放选择”。如同传统的订购模式,科学质量才是决 定的唯一标准。 Springer Open Choice articles are not only published online, but are also included in the printed edition of the journal. This is of great importance since the archiving of printed formats is still considered an important form of storage for scientific and scholarly information. “施普林格开放选择”的论文不仅在线出版,也收录在印本期刊中。这是非常重要的,因为印本 格式存档,仍被视为科学与学术信息存储的重要形式。 Challenges for Open Access and hybrid models•••••••• 开放获取与混合模式的挑战 Every publication model has its advantages and drawbacks. Just like purely Open Access journals, the hybrid model also faces certain practical difficulties. It is sometimes accused of making the scientific community pay twice, once for subscription and once for processing. This is not the case since the costs which accrue to the publisher for the publication of an Open Access article are covered by the processing fee and are not taken into account when the coming year’s subscription rates are fixed. The annual setting of subscription rates involves a certain delay, but no one pays twice for the same contents. Criticism is due largely to the fact that this relationship cannot always be made clear and transparent. In particular, the relationship is difficult to recognise when the number of traditional articles in a journal increases at a greater rate than the number of Open Access articles. If the subscription rate of a journal increases, this is due exclusively to the higher proportion of traditional articles which it contains; Open Access articles are not part of the calculation. 每种出版模式都有其优缺点。就像纯粹的开放获取期刊,混合模式也面临若干实际的困难。有 时被指控要求科学界付费两次,一次订阅,一次出版。实情并非如此,因为出版开放获取论文 的增生成本,已经被出版费涵盖,不会计入次年的固定订阅费。虽然订阅费的决定有时间差, 但无人为同一内容付费两次。这种关系很难明确及透明,所以屡遭批评。尤其是期刊里的传统 论文篇数较开放获取论文增加较快时,就更难以认同此关系。如果期刊的订阅费增加,纯粹因 为所含传统论文比例增加,开放获取论文不会计入订阅费。 The decisive challenge both for hybrid and for purely Open Access models is that the intensity of the research pursued by an institution does not correlate with the level of its expenses for academic literature. The literature requirements and publication output of a research institute are not the same as for a university whose focus is on teaching, and are different again when one compares highly specialised institutes and multidisciplinary institutes: the latter usually require a much broader portfolio of journals. In principle, research-intensive institutes publish far more articles on the literature to which they subscribe than do teaching-intensive universities. If it is not the reader who bears the publication costs (as in the subscription model), but rather the author wholly or in part (as in hybrid and Open Access models), then this necessarily entails higher costs for research-intensive institutes that publish a great deal. At the same time, universities with many readers, which, until now, have borne a major proportion of the costs, will have fewer expenses. While costs for science and scholarship are not higher overall in an Open Access model, individual research institutions are understandably worried that this redistribution will mean that they pay more than they have in the past.
  4. 4. 混合模式和纯粹开放获取模式面临的决定性挑战,在于机构要求的研究强度与学术文献的花费 没有关系。大学的重点在教学,其文献需求和研究机构的出版产出不是一回事;在高度专业或 跨学科的研究机构里,也没把它当成同一件事:跨学科的研究机构通常需要更广泛的期刊组 合。原则上,研究型机构在他们所订文献上出版的论文数,远多于教学型大学。如果不由读者 承担出版费用(如订阅模式),而由作者全部或部分承担出版费用(如混合模式和开放获取模 式),那么出版量较大的研究型机构,显然需付出更多。与此同时,大学读者较多,至今承担 着主要部分的费用,将只支付较少的费用。虽然整体的科学和学术费用并不会因为开放获取模 式而增加,个别的研究机构会担心,经此改变后,会比以往付出更多。 This major obstacle to the success of Open Access and hybrid models has now been recognised by some research sponsors who have subsequently taken action: they define the publication of research results as an integral and necessary part of the research process and therefore bear the cost of publication as a necessary part of funding the research. On this basis, the institution with the highest research budget also pays the most in the way of publication costs. As these are in any case ultimately borne by those funding the research, albeit often indirectly, be it in the form of subscriptions or processing fees, this model represents one solution to the problem. 一些研究资助者已经认识到开放获取和混合模式成功的主要障碍,已采取对应的行动:将出版 研究成果视为研究过程不可分离的一部份,并把出版费用视为资助研究的一部分。在此基础 上,拥有最多研究预算的机构,同时支付最多的出版费用,也即在任何情况下,最终由研究资 助者承担这些费用,尽管常常间接地以订阅费或是出版费的形式,这一模式代表了此问题的一 种解决方案。 At the same time, this meets the fundamental challenge that both libraries and publishers have to face, regardless of whether the model in question is Open Access, hybrid or traditional subscription: the constantly growing number of high-quality research articles submitted for publication that clear the peer review hurdle. This growth in research literature alone increases the financial strain on libraries and publishers. The strategy of those funding research to accept publishing costs as a fixed item of research expenditure mitigates this problem. 与此同时,不论采用开放获取、混合模式或传统的订阅,都会碰到图书馆和出版社不得不面对 的基本挑战:通过同行评审而出版的高质量研究论文日益增多。研究文献的增多,加重图书馆 和出版社的财务负担。研究资助者提出的策略,是把出版费用视为研究费用的固定项目,有效 地纾解此问题。 The number of authors that choose Open Choice is currently still relatively small. In the next few years, however, we expect a marked increase. 采用“开放选择”的作者仍属少数,我们期望未来几年会有显著增加。 p. 39-42 Open Access: Opportunities and challenges. A handbook [开放获取 : 机会及挑战] / European Commission/German Commission for UNESCO). -- Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008. -- 144 pp., 14.8 x 21.0 cm. -- ISBN 978-92-79-06665-8. -- EUR 23459, http://tinyurl.com/3q8wo5

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