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Re: Future of the "subscription model?"
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- From: "John P. Abbott" <AbbottJP@appstate.edu>
- Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:27:35 EDT
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A few comments on Rick and Hob's comments: >Publishers can't make as much money selling only the articles >that people want as they can selling articles in 12-month >bundles [Rick]. They can and I suspect will make the money they wish to make by moving the cost for a PPV up until they reach their threshold. Unbundling articles from the issue/number format should be cheaper for them in set up. I see no downside for publishers here. >Do the publishers take on the responsibility for determining >value and only publishing articles THEY expect to be the "best" >or most valuable to academics? [Hob] This is what peer review does now. The assumption now is that the value is scholarly. Hob suggests another motivation will be added for an article's market-value. Are those that different? Almost any scholar in any field will say that too much of little value is published. > My concern, I suppose, would be if the article based approach > to purchasing content resulted in a significant reduction in > how much research actually gets published. What impact might > this have on the ability of faculty to get published and on > research as a whole? [Hob] Faculty on the whole, and particularly young faculty, are amazingly inventive and will create venues to offer up their scholarship. Little could fuel OA, IR, or preprint models better than if faculty realize there were too few venues for their publishing and they create their own. More and more traditional, high-price publishers are the 1911 livery stable owner patting Ol' Dobbins' neck as the Model T's roll by*. The fiscal crisis will give librarians wide latitude with their campus to walk away from old models. ----- John P. Abbott, MS MSLS Associate Professor & Coordinator, Collection Management University Library Appalachian State University