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Saturday, May 01, 2004

More on the Wellcome Trust report

Katie Mantell, Open access 'can cut costs by up to 30 per cent', SciDev.Net, April 30, 2004. A short summary of the new Wellcome Trust report. Excerpt: "Making scientific research freely available on the Internet could cut publishing costs by as much as 30 per cent without lowering publication standards, according to a new report by the Wellcome Trust, the United Kingdom's leading biomedical research charity....A payment of US$1,950 per research paper published would be sufficient to support a high quality and sustainable publishing model, it says. This, it adds, compares to an average of US$2,660 to publish a paper under the traditional system, in which readers pay for accessing research through their subscriptions to scientific journals....'The evidence presented [in the report] appears to contradict a lot of the figures quoted by commercial publishers and leaves me asking the question --how much profit should be made in publishing scientific research, which holds a potential benefit to us all, and which was funded by the public purse,' says Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust."