Opening up negotiations with publishers would help open up publications, say Björn Brembs and colleagues
“I chose to study science because I wanted to publish in Nature,” said no undergraduate student ever.
Science and scholarly publishing has been mutated into something akin to a sausage factory. The pursuit of research that is transformational and improves knowledge/practice has become a numbers game and the pursuit of publication in the top tier journals. It’s offensive and sickening. This great piece reflects on what needs to change to reclaim the soul of science. We have included links to 8 related items.
Analogously, no budding librarian ever imagined the apotheosis of their career was to be periodically strong-armed by the professional negotiation teams of multinational publishing corporations into wasting the largest part of their annual acquisitions budget on academic journal packages at prices 10 times more than it costs to publish them. Especially as publishers use the proceeds from these massive overpayments to acquire surveillance technology and lobby against the modernisation of the digital scholarly infrastructure.
There is increasingly widespread agreement that these realities are hugely detrimental to scholarship. Three impacts stand out: