The Digital Downside
The Obsession with Open Access
1 Careless Scholars
- A journal posts an article in January; in April, without any notice, the editors replace the article with a “corrected” version.
- A journal posts an article in July; in November, the publisher simply removes the article (without notifying the authors!).
- A journal posts an article in April, but the author posts a corrected and substantially changed version on a well-known server in October, with an indication that the article appeared in April, but no indication that it was different.
2 Big Deals
Big deals are now offered by Elsevier (an innovator in this area), Springer, Wiley, Blackwell, and Taylor & Francis. In a recent survey of US research libraries, 93% indicated that they held bundles with at least one of these publishers. Just about half (49%) held bundles with at least four. Wiley, Elsevier, and Springer have achieved 70% market penetration.