Science Journal Publishers Stay Stupid
Posted on August 29, 2007 Comments (7)
Science publishers get even stupider by Andrew Leonard:
I wish it was amazing that these people have so little grasp of what has been going on in the world the last 5 years (but I must say such failure to adapt seems to be a common trait in too many organizations). Previously I have posted on the importance of continuing the scientific tradition of open debate and open access. In the past there have been distribution complexities that made paid journals an acceptable compromise. That people working at journals don’t see that the internet changes that is going to lead to their rapid irrelevance. They had to figure this out a couple of years ago. Given they still haven’t, I must say that they really don’t seem to have much understanding of science or modern communication methods. Given their industry that is sad. It is time for the scientific community to give up on these journals and start looking to move to work with new organizations that will encourage scientific communication and advancement (PLoS – arXiv.org – Open Access Engineering Journals) and leave those that seek to keep outdated practices to go out of business.
“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” Dr. W. Edwards Deming
Related: Publishers launch an anti-OA lobbying organization – Anger at Anti-Open Access PR – Open Access and PLoS – Howard Hughes Medical Institute Takes Big Open Access Step – The Future of Scholarly Publication (our post from May 2005):