Tipping Points, For-Profit Scientific Publishing, and Closed Science
peter.suber's bookmarks 2018-11-20
"Here’s the thing. How can I support a textbook that students will need $214 dollars to buy? I cannot. Not as a scientist committed to the tenet that information should be available to all, an educator who believes education is a right not a privilege, a mentor who needs to remove barriers for my students, and lastly someone who came from a lower socioeconomic family, struggled to purchase textbooks, and is now committed to reaching back and pulling others up. I. CAN. NOT....
A couple of weeks ago, LUMCON [Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium] made a bold move. We canceled all of our paid journal subscriptions. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. These funds will remain with our library, reinvested into other initiatives. We have set aside some of these funds to purchase hard volumes without electronic versions, pay for singly purchased articles from the canceled journals, investing heavily in LUMCON faculty to publish in Not-For-Profit, Open Access Publishers, new library printers, and variety of other smaller library upgrades. Needless to say, the amount LUMCON spent on journal subscriptions was considerable and freeing up those funds is actually allowing us to be able to provide BETTER support to our scientific teams.
You read that right. I feel that even though we are losing journal access and the burden on the faculty and librarian to find needed articles may be higher, the funds that LUMCON now has available to invest in other library projects will provide a greater depth and variety of support for scientists and students at LUMCON. Our journal access simply prevented us from affording these programs and infrastructure before...."