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An economic analysis of scientific research publishing

Wellcome Trust has conducted a research on commercial publishers, academics and funders to analyse the obstacles in opening up scientific researches to commoners. With the advent of the Internet, spreading scientific information ought to be easier. Publishers are, however, against it, as they fear losing a major portion of their revenues to the public access system.
   
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Competition leads to innovation and quality upgrade

While the not-for-profit and commercial publishers continue to debate on free access of scientific content, there are other players in the market awaiting their due. These are the "for-profit but reasonably priced" publishers, universities and scholarly societies. The author here opines that competition triggers innovation, which in turn upgrades quality.
   
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The implications of IT for scientific journal publishing

The role of information technology (IT) in scholarly publishing (scientific literature in particular) cannot be understated, and has always proven better than traditional publishing facilities. With IT as a value adding tool, dissemination of scientific content has never been so easy. Today, authors self-publish their research papers in the Web, as the market is getting increasingly convinced that elaborate, huge and complex scientific data are published faster in e-prints.
   
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Meeting changes in user requirements and expectations in STM publishing

STM publishing confronts few challenges aside from pricing policies. With improved revenue models, technology, offshore production and distinct publisher services, publications have to make efforts to satisfy the end-user, the reader. With the advent of the Web, it is the responsibility of the publisher to instantly provide the content, direct readers to archive and reduce the cost of content delivered through cross-media.
   
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Author-pays model in open access medical journal

The Journal of Experimental&Clinical Assisted Reproduction is an open access journal launched by BioMed, UK, in September 2004. Its working model involves the authors paying a fee to have their articles processed and published in the journal while maintaining the copyright. It is a win-win model, says the article, since the authors retain control over their publications, while other researchers and lay readers benefit from a truly open access system.
   
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