Monday, October 17, 2005

ARL 241: Seeking a Global Perspective on Scholarly Communication: Contributions from the UK

ARL 241: Seeking a Global Perspective on Scholarly Communication: Contributions from the UK

Oxford University Press commissioned two studies, one exploring library and publisher "perspectives on appropriate business models for journal content and the other analyzing faculty attitudes and behaviors relating to self-archiving and publishing in open access journals." Both studies are fascinating for what they tell us about changes in scholarly communication....
How do the University of Chicago Press’s titles compare to Elsevier’s in terms of median price? How long does it take first-time submitters to self-archive a work through the Internet? How do librarians and publishers feel about the concept of a national site license for a collection of journal titles? These questions about our current scholarly communication system are addressed in recent reports commissioned in the United Kingdom. It is worth taking a close look at three of these reports as much of the data collected and many of the findings are highly relevant for North American research institutions.