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April 4, 2006
European Commission Study Addresses Europe’s Scientific Publication System
The European Commission is today publishing a study which examines the scientific publication system in Europe. The study was carried out by a consortium led by Professor Mathias Dewatripont of the “Université Libre de Bruxelles”.
- Guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research, at the time of publication and also long-term
- A “level-playing field” so that different business models in publishing can compete fairly in the market
- Ranking scientific journals by quality, defined more widely than pure scientific excellence, but also taking into account factors such as management of copyright, search facilities and archiving
- Developing pricing strategies that promote competition in the journal market
- Scrutinising major mergers that may take place in this sector in the future
- Promoting the development of electronic publication, for example by eliminating unfavourable tax treatment of electronic publications and encouraging public funding and public-private partnerships to create digital archives in areas with little commercial investment.
All interested parties are invited to send feedback on the report’s findings to the Commission, to provide input for a conference on scientific publication to be held in autumn 2006.
Read a summary or the full report.
Posted by Katie Newman at April 4, 2006 5:24 PM