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Scottish International Man of Mystery - Open Science/Access/Data/Knowledge & Patient Advocate
Scottish International Man of Mystery - Open Science/Access/Data/Knowledge & Patient Advocate

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New preprint - The prehistory of biology preprints: a forgotten experiment from the 1960s
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The following post came up again today on Twitter - http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/01/14/suber-embargoes-on-publicly-funded-research/

In content, there has been an ongoing discussion over the last 48 hours about the sharing of pre/prints of Elsevier papers.

https://twitter.com/gemmahersh/status/898550817673945088

Gemma Hersh of Elsevier has stated "publicly available evidence demonstrates that certain types of sharing do impact on the sustainability of the journals"

This is certainly news to me as per the 1st link above.

She then posted the following link https://t.co/KlR6rCmuvi This links to a PDF "Short Embargos and Negative Impact on Publishers – a review Evidence of harm"

Any thoughts +Peter Suber ?

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Here's a nice blog post by someone who describes what she gets for her money when she publishes with Elsevier -- which she no longer plans to do.

The journal is published by Elsevier, one of the world’s major providers of scientific and scholarly publication. Elsevier owns ~2,500 journals and publishes ~400,000 articles each year. In 2015 alone, it generated a 37% profit margin, with an annual revenue of $25.2 billion.

My salary – my research fuels – is paid for by the Australian taxpayer. I submitted my taxpayer-funded paper to Elsevier and signed ownership of my work to them. The reviewers who assessed the quality of my paper did so on a voluntary basis for the journal. The editors who stepped in to help resolve the production issues also did so on a voluntary basis for the journal.

My paper cost $US 1500 to publish, which encompasses the cost of production. This is the process that introduced a multitude of errors into my work and required ~20 emails to rectify. This was paid to Elsevier as part of their $25 billion revenue.
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“Our goal is to have the subscriptions system collapse”
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