Are Chemical Journals Too Expensive and Inaccessible?:

Are Chemical Journals Too Expensive and Inaccessible?:

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On October 25-26, 2005, the Chemical Sciences Roundtable held a workshop to explore issues involving those who use and contribute to chemical literature, as well as those who publish and disseminate chemical journals. As a follow-up to the workshop, a summary was written to capture the presentations and discussions that occurred during the workshop. As a forum to discuss chemistry journals within the larger context of scientific, technical and medical journal publishing, the workshop covered whether chemists and chemical engineers have unique journal needs and, if so, whether these needs are being met in the current journal publishing environment. Workshop participants also tackled how open access publishing might be applied to the chemical literature, such as to provide authors more freedom to distribute their articles after publication and allowing free access to chemical literature archives.However, he pointed out that asking an author to pay so that there will be open access might change this response. ... Stephen Berry said that the reason a federal agency or the not-for-profits support research is because it will generate a public good. ... Reed cited the Journal of Financial Economics, which charges for submissions and then reimburses authors for accepted papers, as a pricing model.

Title:Are Chemical Journals Too Expensive and Inaccessible?:
Author:Chemical Sciences Roundtable, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2005-05-09


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