Disrupting the subscription journals’ business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open access

 This Max Planck Digital Library Open Access Policy White Paper argues for an immediate and major transformation of scientific journals to be open access business model. Full of facts, it concludes “The time is ripe for the global research community to accelerate the transition to open access. We have the crucial opportunity to transform the underlying business model of journal publishing while protecting the financial viability and core functionalities of the publishing system at large. Ultimately, all subscription spending must be stopped: this is the simple culmination of the incremental steps of the past decade. The significant savings can then be reinvested for the co-creation of a range of publishing services that will truly serve the scholarly endeavors of the 21st century”.

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