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Economics of Scholarly Information

(liveserials.blogspot.com): Currently there's a big discrepancy between the average cost of a non-profit and for-profit article. The competition prediction suggests that if users pay, it would drive down prices to just over cost-price. There could be limited role of central purchase, where libraries could subscribe to journals which cost no more than 1.5 times as much as the average non-profit journals and allow their users free access.
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Search is far more profitable than publishing

(huffingtonpost.com): Why would Google spend all that money -- millions to digitize, more millions to litigate the case it had to know would come, and more millions to settle that case -- for what will amount to a library lending and ebook business? Keep in mind that Google's revenue alone last year was $23.6 billion. This is more than half the $40.3 billion in total revenue generated in the United States by more than 100,000 publishers. And not one dollar of Google's revenue came from publishing books. It came from the enormous ad revenues generated by Google's search and Ad Sense business.
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Suit wants publishers to warn ahead of time

(your-story.org): A $1-per-year subscription must be entered for every PI on each campus. Each institution is trusted to do its own counting of PIs, and can also add certain other staff (deans, research administrators, etc) at the $1 per year price. The grand total of desired readers is multiplied by $1, and that total fee is then remitted to the publisher.
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Updated SCImago journal rankings - BMC-series journals rank highly

(openaccesscentral.com): The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) is a measure of a journals' citation impact and is calculated in a similar manner to Google's Page Rank. This approach calculates a journal rank by weighting citations from journals according to how highly cited the journal is itself.
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Copyright law must be simplified

(guardian.co.uk): Modern uses of copyrighted material are more varied than we could ever legislate for, and some people are getting away with iniquitous business models while others are unfairly penalised for having great ideas that threaten established business models. The intractability of these problems has been ignored at the convenience of protecting the "creative industries". Creative industries that many of us who work in creative businesses find increasingly hard to recognise.
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