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RE: Post Brussels : Elsevier and Australian STM debate 'sprouts'
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Please find a couple of comments about the Wiley Brief below. It contains much information of value; on one item I disagree; on another, I suspect the situation of being much more complex than the Brief would suggest. Ann Okerson On Fri, 2 Mar 2007, Colin Steele wrote:
In relation to my initial EPS quote, I note that at least I am in good/bad company (depending on one's view point) given the Association of Research Libraries make similar comments in their 'Issue Brief on Wiley's acquisition of Blackwell', February 26, 2007. (http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/issue_brief_wiley_blackwell.pdf) Excerpt:AO: Ongoing market concentration is probably not the best explanation for the struggles that small journals face. Such journals, especially in the humanities, have been very low-priced, could get by with "low production values," and likely never had a built-in margin or plan for technological investment and development. Now this kind of e-transition and investment is essential for attracting readers. Where is the funding to come from? It's very difficult for a solo print journal to make those kinds of investments. (This is where economies of scale really make a difference, as all types of publishers know: the for-profits such as Wiley; the OA publishers such as Hindawi or BioMedCentral; the aggregators such as BioOne, Muse, ALPSP.) And if solo journals can't make the transition -- by whatever means -- their life span may well be limited.
A spiral of rising prices and ongoing market concentration squeezes out support for small society journals.
It is very difficult for other publishers to start new scholarly journals in the current marketplace.AO: I'd challenge this -- we regularly receive offers from and announcements about new entrants, at least into the e-publishing arena.
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