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Re: Open Access and "Membership Costs"
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- Subject: Re: Open Access and "Membership Costs"
- From: "Kwan, Julie" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 17:29:09 EDT
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Is Biomed Central "a for-profit publisher"? Julie Kwan UCLA Biomedical Library On Mon, 7 Jul 2003 19:34:43 EDT Phil Davis <email@example.com> wrote: > Ann Okerson hit the nail squarely on the head about who will be paying for > open access -- libraries will. Despite the name "institutional > membership", these are in essence library subscription fees designed to > extract rents from the institution. Because authors are adverse to paying > to publish, an institutional membership model is in the author's and > publisher's best interest. But it is in the best interest of the > institution? > > Institutions will pay more money in this model than the sum of all author > payments in the initial model. Because we are dealing with a for-profit > publisher (i.e. BioMedCentral), it is completely rational that > institutions will see their membership fees rise precipitously if this > product and its journals become prestigious. We have seen this for all > other commercial publisher products, and shouldn't believe otherwise. > Individual authors will push for the library to continue its subscription > despite a clear price discrimination model being in effect. In effect, we > find ourselves in the same inelastic price model we currently have in the > traditional model. The additional problem with the membership fee is that > it "bundles" all open-access journals together from a publisher. > > The only economic model where institutional-membership fees might work is > if the publisher is a non-profit society or association, whereby the > prices charged to the institution will reflect the actual cost of > publishing and not the price the market will bear. > > Respectfully submitted, > Phil Davis, Cornell University