Ending profiteering from publicly-funded research

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"Key Findings:

  • Australia’s public research institutions funnel an estimated $1 billion into the pockets of private academic publishers every year. Institutions spend $300 million on journal subscriptions alone.
  • One‑off access for a single article can cost between AUD $30 and $500.
  • Australia’s Chief Scientist has proposed a plan to pressure publishers to slash their exorbitant publishing and subscription fees, but it does not go far enough.
  • The Australia Institute is recommending reforms to how funding bodies award research grants. These include:
    • Revising grant criteria to reward publication in open access journals with much lower publishing fees.
    • Trialling a lottery-based system for the allocation of grants to reduce the emphasis on publication in grant applications.
    • Introducing grants specifically for researchers committed to open-science principles;
    • Encouraging the rapid publication of research results through preprint servers.
    • Encouraging the development of institutional repositories focused on publishing original research."



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Date tagged:

03/21/2024, 07:33

Date published:

03/21/2024, 10:16