Open access – articles in the latest UK Serials Group journal.

 The latest issue of has a host of good articles. Thanks to Colin for passing on the information about the issue. The article by Mercedes Bunz contains very detailed analyses – she notes “of academic publisher John Wiley & Sons now accounts for more than half of its earnings; driven by e-books, it was up 40% across Wiley’s different arms.7 Open access still only represents 1% of Wiley’s total revenues, but this 1% is actually a significant sum of $3.9 million.8 Looking at the efforts of other large publishing houses like Palgrave Macmillan, Taylor & Francis, Springer, de Gruyter, Reed Elsevier and others, one can conclude that in general, efforts have been redirected from ‘creating and selling a product’ to ‘delivering a service’; a service which is pitched to the reader as well as to the author. Thus, OA – and the article processing charge (APC) which often accompanies it – is a revenue model which publishers take seriously.

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