Tag: Open Scholarship

Pay to Publish Open Access: On the DEAL-Wiley Agreement

open access publish readOn Tuesday, 15th January, the German consortium DEAL and Wiley announced the signing of a new contract. This was immediately hailed as groundbreaking and transformative. Indeed, this is the first deal of its kind, aiming to foster the large-scale adoption of open access in journal publishing. Yet, details of the contract reveal that the transformative nature of this new big deal may come at a high cost: for the forthcoming period of three years, the scenario will be gradual hybrid instead of revolutionary gold open access. This may result in a costly pay to publish development. Updated article.

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Open Access Book Publishing and Selection Bias

Gold open access book publishing is prone to selection and competition. The reason for this is the financial demand of the high-priced book processing charges (BPC) on which gold open access book publishing regrettably thrives. The resulting selection bias is harmful for progress towards more equal scholarship. Selection bias weakens the moral imperative of immediate and unrestricted open access. Moreover, that the implications of this selection bias are being promoted as a result of open access is both erroneous and a revealing statement about some stakeholders’ value system.

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