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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Scientific Publications: Free for all?

Available at www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmsctech.htm

From the CILIP Daily News (well worth subscribing to if you're a member - just follow links on home page:

The commons science committee report on its long-running enquiry into scientific journal publishing is to be released today. It comes down in favour of the open access, or 'author pays' model, arguing that, although uncertainties remain, the government should make funds available for further experimentation with the model, and that ministers should act to promote it abroad. The traditional 'subscriber pays' system is criticised because the increasing range and price of journals is making it more difficult for university libraries to subscribe to the journals they require. FT, p4, 20 July


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