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Sunday, April 25, 2004

New contribution to the Nature OA debate

Leo Waaijers, Open Access needs to get 'back to basics', Nature, April 23, 2004. Excerpt: "[H]ow can we be expected to counter assertions about the sustainability of Open Access business models, given that publishers are themselves secretive about their own business cases? It would be a great insight if every publisher were to make public the breakdown of its prices into three components: the costs of the publishing process from submission to presentation, the costs of the subscription process, and their profit margins. Until these figures are public, assertions as to the sustainability of various business models are speculative at best and manipulative at worst."