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The role of scholars in STM publishing

This article discusses the role of scholars in the STM publishing industry. If commercial publishers and librarians were to agree on one issue it would be the fact that STM publishing is scholar-driven, as only scholars write research articles and also select studies for publishing, while librarians just create the market by obtaining the journals for public access. The article strongly claims that it is because of scholars that STM journals are published.
   
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Costs and business models in scientific research publishing

A report published by Wellcome Trust focuses on the complexity of scientific publishing, including scientific researches freely available to the public. The study assesses the costs of the 'subscribers pay' model and the 'authors pay' model and presents its conclusion on the topic.
   
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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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