March 20, 2019

Report: “India’s Chief Science Adviser: Cost of Academic Publishing is ‘Untenable'”

From Science Business:

India’s annual multi-million-euro outlay on scientific publishing is a bad deal for the country, says Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, principal scientific adviser to the government.

“We have to take a clear position – the current situation is untenable and costly,” VijayRaghavan told Science|Business.

VijayRaghavan was speaking after he tweeted that India would be signing up to the most radical opposition to the scientific publishing status quo: Plan S, an initiative launched last year by a group of European funders to ensure that, by 2020, taxpayer-funded research results are made immediately free to read.

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This system is not any one publisher’s fault, VijayRaghavan said.

“It’s an addiction fed by the publishers, but you can’t blame the publishers for that – it’s the community. We’re caught into chasing metrics. Life sciences, in particular, has this journal vanity to an excessive manner. That is not a good thing. It’s a creation of the community,” he said.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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