Paywall Watch

“Soon after Peter Murray-Rust had noted that Elsevier and RightsLink were selling permissions to re-use ‘open access’ content, he blogged about Springer and RightsLink doing the same thing too.

In August 2013, Peter wrote a blog post entitled Springer charge academics for using CC-NC ‘Open Access’ in lectures.

The price set by Springer and RightsLink to re-use 2 figures from a single ‘open access’ paper in classroom materials was an eye-watering $151.80.

The journal involved was Drugs in R&D. “

SCOAP3 journals double downloads – SCOAP3

“Elsevier announced that downloads to their two journals, Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B have doubled since they became Open Access at the start of SCOAP3 in January 2014. This increase is remarkable as SCOAP3 covers the most recent 3,500 articles in the journals, while most of the historic content of over 77,000 articles, is available to subscribers.

SpringerNature announced that since January 2014 they have observed a doubling of  downloads across their two learned-society journals participating in SCOAP3: European Physical Journal C and the Journal of High Energy Physics.”

Springer Compact

“If your institution has a Springer Compact agreement, then you may publish your article open access – at no charge to yourself – in more than 1,600 Springer journals. When publishing your article open access it becomes freely accessible to anyone worldwide. In addition, you can enjoy full access to all Springer journals….”

Current situation

“A chronological overview of important Dutch open access and open science successes….”

Publications Router – new publishers join, and next steps | Jisc scholarly communications

“Two major new publishers are enabling Jisc Publications Router to supply their content to institutional repositories. This helps institutions ensure they are compliant with funders’ open access (OA) policies and alerts them to the existence of their researchers’ articles.”

Inchcoombe made chief publishing officer at Springer Nature | The Bookseller

“[Haank] added: “His deep knowledge of scholarly publishing is complemented by his keen understanding of how this is evolving. Steven was responsible for Nature Publishing Group’s move into open access, resulting in 60% of 2015 research articles on research articles being OA. Most recently he has led the innovative Nature content sharing initiative, the first of its kind in the industry. This vision and pioneering spirit are huge assets to Springer Nature.” …”

Open Access Journal Development Editor : New York, NY, United States : Naturejobs

“The Open Access Journal Development Editor will be responsible for the success and development of a defined set of journals published under the SpringerOpen brand. This involves prioritisation of journals for development and the setting and implementation of journal plans accordingly, as well as supporting key stakeholders (Editors, authors, reviewers, and societies) with publishing matters. The aim of this role is to optimise publishing service, optimise commercial opportunities and increase submissions and publications across the portfolio….”


“Nature Publishing Group publishes 63% of research articles via open access models; 96% of authors choose CC BY….Open access is thriving at Nature Publishing Group (NPG). Sixty three per cent of original research articles published to date on in 2015 are open access, nearly 10,000 papers. Ten years ago, NPG introduced its first fully open access journal. Today, NPG publishes over 80 journals with an open access option.

In January 2015, NPG introduced Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) as the default open access license option on its 20+ fully owned open access journals. The percentage of authors choosing CC BY across all of NPG’s open access journals has risen dramatically – from 26% in 2014 to 96% in September 2015. Other licenses are still available on demand.

This week is global Open Access Week, and also marks one year since NPG, now part of Springer Nature, announced that Nature Communications would become its flagship open access journal.

Sam Burridge, Managing Director, Open Research at Springer Nature said: “We believe we’re the first of the longstanding science publishers to reach the landmark of over 60% open access content. By switching Nature Communications to full open access one year ago, we demonstrated our willingness to take a bold step and innovate in the open research space, creating a home for the highest quality open research. And we’re encouraging our authors to choose more permissive licenses too….”

The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era

Abstract:  The consolidation of the scientific publishing industry has been the topic of much debate within and outside the scientific community, especially in relation to major publishers’ high profit margins. However, the share of scientific output published in the journals of these major publishers, as well as its evolution over time and across various disciplines, has not yet been analyzed. This paper provides such analysis, based on 45 million documents indexed in the Web of Science over the period 1973-2013. It shows that in both natural and medical sciences (NMS) and social sciences and humanities (SSH), Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, and Taylor & Francis increased their share of the published output, especially since the advent of the digital era (mid-1990s). Combined, the top five most prolific publishers account for more than 50% of all papers published in 2013. Disciplines of the social sciences have the highest level of concentration (70% of papers from the top five publishers), while the humanities have remained relatively independent (20% from top five publishers). NMS disciplines are in between, mainly because of the strength of their scientific societies, such as the ACS in chemistry or APS in physics. The paper also examines the migration of journals between small and big publishing houses and explores the effect of publisher change on citation impact. It concludes with a discussion on the economics of scholarly publishing.