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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What's the real impact of OA mandates on TA publishers?

Peter Murray-Rust, Would the NIH policy destroy the ACS?, A Scientist and the Web, March 25, 2009. Murray-Rust's response to the following question:

Peter, I know thereís been a lot of back and forth on this, but Iíve seen very little in the way of hard data on the subject. Have you?

For example, since the ACS appears to be one of the main opponents of the NIH policy, where can we find a breakdown of the percentage of papers that would be eligible for the mandatory program currently and retroactively? Is it 10%? 20%? 50%? What if you throw NSF funding in there as well?

How do those figures break down by journal?

It doesnít take a great leap of imagination to see a very dim future indeed for a subscription-oriented journal in which 75% of its content needs to released for free. ...