Euro open access: still not arrived

“The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities warns pay to publish charges, “has severely worsened” the financial stability of the academic publishing system.

So much for the European Plan S, which requires publicly funded research to be OA – publishers have just changed who they charge and how much.

The Guild calls on EU members to work for, “article processing charges that are transparent and commensurate with the publication services, and that they support the development of alternative models that do not charge fees either to the authors or to the readers.”

Which looks like a call for a new publishing system, “how this support will be implemented concretely will nevertheless be key for the emergence of high-quality and financially sustainable alternatives able to compete with the present incumbent publishers and their dominant model.”…”

Europe’s academic publishing system must become sustainable and equitable – The Guild

“The Guild strongly supports the draft of the Council conclusions on scholarly publishing in its calls to support non-APC-based open-access models, have APC commensurate to publication services provided, and to ensure academic publishing remains aimed at research excellence and integrity. We fully endorse the Council’s recognition of the increasing costs of paywalls for access to scientific publications as well as scholarly publishing. Therefore, The Guild calls for the development of alternative models that do not charge fees to authors or readers.

The Guild also emphasises that the Member States must ensure researchers’ author’s retention rights and secondary publication rights and coordinate to harmonise the legislation across borders. The academic publishing system must prioritise the dissemination of high-quality research while upholding the principles of research integrity and academic freedom.

Finally, The Guild supports the Council’s recognition that researchers play a crucial role in the academic publishing ecosystem and that their contributions to the well-functioning of research communities should be better recognised in research assessment. We strongly encourage the creation of initiatives aiming to improve the quality, transparency, and efficiency of peer review mechanisms.”