Is open access affordable? Why current models do not work and why we need internet‐era transformation of scholarly communications

@article{Green2019IsOA,
  title={Is open access affordable? Why current models do not work and why we need internet‐era transformation of scholarly communications},
  author={Toby Green},
  journal={Learned Publishing},
  year={2019},
  volume={32}
}
  • T. Green
  • Published 1 January 2019
  • Business
  • Learned Publishing
Progress to open access (OA) has stalled, with perhaps 20% of new papers ‘born‐free’, and half of all versions of record pay‐walled; why? In this paper, I review the last 12 months: librarians showing muscle in negotiations, publishers’ Read and Publish deals, and funders determined to force change with initiatives like Plan S. I conclude that these efforts will not work. For example, flipping to supply‐side business models, such as article processing charges, simply flips the pay‐wall to a… 
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