Paris, France – May 27th, 2014. EDP Open, the Open Access publishing arm of EDP Sciences, has today released the results of a survey to appraise attitudes toward Open Access amongst learned society publishers.
The survey was answered by 33 learned societies and the results were further supplemented by a focus group held at the annual UKSG meeting in Harrogate in April.
Key findings include:
- Learned societies overwhelmingly agree that Open Access will inevitably place some learned societies’ journals into financial jeopardy.
- Competing with large Open Access specialist publishers was also considered a significant challenge for learned societies.
- Gold Open Access is the Open Access method that is least offered by learned society journals, however nearly two-thirds of learned societies indicated that they would like to be offering this option.
- More than ever before, with so many journals being published Open Access of dubious origin, learned societies should look to endorse content with a stamp of quality and authority.
- Collaboration between learned societies could help in the transition to Open Access, by pooling resources and sharing complex tasks.
- Two-thirds of all learned societies are also looking for support on best approach to OA, and compliance with funder mandates.
“We wanted to undertake this research to help us more fully understand learned society attitudes toward Open Access,” said Jean-Marc Quilbé, President of EDP Sciences. “As a learned society-owned publisher ourselves, we face many of the same issues. This is why we have launched EDP Open, as a vehicle through which learned societies can collaborate and share resources and develop opportunities that are unique to them and their communities.”
Although the survey results reveal concerns amongst learned societies relating to their traditional activities and revenue streams, there was also enthusiasm for the potential of Open Access to increase dissemination of research information, particularly to poor and developing countries. Learned societies also felt there was a strong opportunity for increasing inter-disciplinary access to research information and for the acceleration of research impact.
“Open Access is here to stay,” continued J.-M. Quilbé. “We believe it’s critical that learned societies don’t get left behind as bigger, well-resourced publishers continue to launch new Open Access titles. It is our intention that EDP Open will help level the playing field by providing services to learned societies to help them compete effectively and maintain their valuable role of providing authoritative content to their communities and beyond.”
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EDP Sciences is a not-for-profit publisher, established in 1920, belonging to learned societies with a mission to participate in the dissemination of important research that accelerates scientific progress and cross-fertilisation of ideas of the society in general. EDP Open (www.edp-open.org) is the Open Access arm of EDP Sciences. EDP Sciences is located in Paris and London and publishes over 55 scientific journals in the physical sciences, mathematics, life and environmental sciences, energy, materials and engineering, health and biomedical sciences. It also publishes 20 professional magazines, conference proceedings (www.webofconferences.org) and books.
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Paris, France, February 4th 2014 – EDP Sciences, a learned - society owned publisher – has announced the launch of EDP Open – a new Open Access imprint.
EDP Sciences has almost a century’s experience of publishing high quality, international journals, magazines, books and websites. Today, EDP partners with prestigious societies, publishers and prominent academics.
Open Access represents a significant shift in the journals publishing landscape, creating both opportunities and threats for societies and other specialist publishers. EDP Sciences has extensive experience of both converting subscription journals to Open Access, and launching Open Access titles. EDP Open becomes their new platform for Gold Open Access publishing.
“We have an active Open Access programme,” said Jean-Marc Quilbé, President of EDP Sciences. “We’ve worked with a range of societies and publishers to advise them on their best response to Open Access trends and policies. For some of our partners, this has been to convert their journal to full Open Access; for others, a hybrid approach has been more appropriate. Increasingly now we’re being asked to support the launch of new Gold Open Access journals, and EDP Open is our response to this.”
EDP Open provides access to more than 70,000 Open Access scientific articles from across all EDP Sciences’ journals and also hundreds of conference proceedings. EDP Open has also launched two new Gold Open Access journals: Manufacturing Review – a forum for presenting the latest advances, developments and applications of manufacturing engineering, technology and applied sciences; and also EPJ Applied Metamaterials – a platform for multidisciplinary researchers to exchange information on metamaterials with a focus on high impact engineering applications.
“At EDP we believe Open Access holds many opportunities for society publishers,” continued Quilbé. “Of course, we’re aware that the threat to establis hed income sources need managing too. We don’t dictate a specific approach, but we do feel it’s important for societies to explore their options and begin to integrate Open Access into their activities. We help them do just that. There can be little doubt that Open Access is here to stay.”
About EDP Sciences and EDP Open
EDP Sciences is a not-for-profit publisher, established in 1920, belonging to learned societies with a mission to participate in the dissemination of important research that accelerates scientific progress and cross-fertilisation of ideas of the society in general. EDP Open is the Open Access arm of EDP Sciences. EDP Sciences is located in Paris and London and publishes over 55 scientific journals in the physical sciences, mathematics, life and environmental sciences, energy, materials and engineering, health and biomedical sciences. It also publishes 20 professional magazines, conference proceedings (www.webofconferences.org) and books.