Così “la prima vittima di Internet” controlla l’editoria della scienza | Liguria | high_tech | Il Secolo XIX
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[google transl.] So "the first victim of the Internet" controls the science publishing industry
Genoa - In 1995 the economics weekly Forbes made a forecast. Dutchman Elsevier, the world's largest publisher of scientific journals, would be the "first victim of the Internet". The Internet was in fact created to put researchers (and the military) in contact, giving them the opportunity to share their work free of charge.
Over the years, with the Internet, the percentage of scientific articles "open access" (ie free for readers) has grown continuously, as recalled by a recent article in Nature: from 11.5% in 2012 to 18.9% in 2016. The Università Statale di Milano alone publishes about thirty "open" journals.
Yet, in 2017 the profitability of sales of Elsevier, that is, its gain for every 100 euros of sales volume, was 36.8%: better than 26.4% of Alphabet, the holding company of Google, and better than 26.6% of Apple. Gemma Hersh, vice-president of Elsevier's open science division, attributes her company's excellent results to careful management: "Every year," she says, "we ensure that costs are lower than turnover. We are very efficient. By belonging to the Relx Group (a multinational based in London, ed) we are able to reduce costs in infrastructure, technology and services, which we share with the other companies in the group.