NIH Policy: Large-scale cuts in journal budget make subscription model starts wobbling

Peter Suber verweist auf einen Nature-Artikel (Open-access policy flourishes at NIH), über den – erwarteten – Erfolg des OA-Mandats der NIH. Interessant in diesem Zusammenhang sind zwei Zitate:

Heather Joseph, executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an advocacy group in Washington DC with an open-access agenda, says that the consortium’s members are reporting large-scale cuts in journal subscriptions. „But they are across disciplines, completely due to the economic meltdown and not the NIH policy,“ she adds.

But Martin Frank, executive director of the American Physiological Society in Bethesda, says that „in an environment where access is readily available whether after 12 months or 6 months or immediately, the subscription model starts wobbling„. Frank predicts that, as subscription revenues tank, publishers will be forced to levy stiff fees on authors for publishing….