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Open Access Publishing

Posted by Ed on January 4, 2004

The BMJ has an excellent editorial on the rise and rise of open access publishing since the launch of PloS Biology a few months ago, blaming at least in part the rapidly increasing prices of conventional journals:

The main driver for this switch has been unsustainable developments in the publishing industry. Over recent years, journal prices have increased far faster than the underlying rate of inflation. As their budgets have failed to keep up, cash strapped librarians have cut back on subscriptions. To compensate for lost profits, publishers have increased their prices even further—a death spiral that few traditional publishers seem ready to escape.

Thanks to OhioLink, staff and students at Case can publish free of charge in Open Access journals.

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