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RE: Journals, Peer-Reviewed Journals, Open-Access Journals, Open

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The argument has been made repeatedly by publishers that there is no
oligopoly/monopoly or even concentration issue in STM publishing because
NO publisher controls more than x% of STM TITLES. Both in the UK and the
US regulatory agencies have used the "title count" in STM --as have
publishers, to "prove" there is no concentration issue in terms of
competitive climate with large publisher mergers.

It's sort of ironic to see the argument used in reverse. i.e. we publish
more, when the title count number has been used to argue we publish so
little in the big universe it doesn't matter.

Chuck Hamaker
Associate University Librarian Collections and Technical Services
Atkins Library
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223
phone 704 687-2825

-----Original Message-----
From: Sally Morris [mailto:sec-gen@alpsp.org] 
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2003 1:44 PM
To: Liblicense; September 1998 American Scientist Forum
Subject: Re: Journals > Peer-Reviewed Journals > Open-Access Journals < Open

I would question Stevan's estimate that 2.5% of articles are published in
OA journals.  While it does indeed look as if 2 - 2.5% of peer reviewed
journals are OA (that is, if all those listed by Lund et al are peer
reviewed), I very much doubt that they carry as many articles as the rest.
This is because OA journals are, almost without exception, relatively new
and extremely long-established journals tend to be far, far, bigger in
terms of issues and articles published per year.

Sally Morris, Chief Executive
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
South House, The Street, Clapham, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3UU, UK
Phone:  +44 (0)1903 871686 Fax:  +44 (0)1903 871457
E-mail:  chief-exec@alpsp.org
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