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Thursday, January 15, 2004

More OA competition for Elsevier

Richard Wray, Dotcom boomer takes on Reed, The Guardian, January 15, 2004. Russell Shepherd made millions selling Everyform to Reed Elsevier, and is investing the proceeds in Emplaw, an Elsevier rival providing free and affordable information news and commentary on UK employment law. Excerpt: "Emplaw is the latest assault on the dominance of firms like Reed in the specialist sector. In March, a committee of MPs will begin a series of hearings into the growing trend among academics for 'open access' publication of research reports on the internet....There is an intense debate within academic circles about how open access should work and how much academics or the institutions they work in should pay for publishing. The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, based in West Sussex, is at present carrying out the first proper analysis of open access periodicals and is due to report later this year."