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Graham Steel
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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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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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When science becomes too easy: Science popularization inclines laypeople to underrate their dependence on experts


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Why Universities Need Scholarly-Communications Experts

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Just out. #openscience f/t Harold Varmus & Francis Collins.
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