A European Model for the Digital Publishing of Scientific Information?

20 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2008 Last revised: 29 May 2009

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Chris Armbruster

10,000 Data Scientists for Europe


The entire system of scholarly communication is in transition, with the emergence of new markets, services and players. Given what we know about this digital transition, the technical, financial and legal parameters of a future model of publishing scientific information are predictable. The contribution of the Commission of the European Communities has been to emphasize how digital access to scientific information is related to the digital preservation of the record of scientific publications and data; because if digital preservation is undertaken access cannot be guaranteed for future innovations. The proposition for the delineation of a European model is developed as follows:

1. A digital model may be developed that results in open access, while preserving and enhancing the viability of a variety of commercial publishing models.

2. The institutional players in the publishing system, namely publishers, repositories and libraries, must be ready to accept a redistribution of the key functions of registration, certification, dissemination, archiving and navigation in a manner that plays to the strength of each.

3. The condition for any successful elaboration of a digital model is that it is complementary to the technology and economics of the internet, while the litmus test is that it enhances the impact and re-use of scientific information.

Open access publishing leads to complementary relationships between publishers, libraries and repositories; unrestricted access and the widest possible dissemination; and usually facilitates the creation of value-added services as an overlay from platforms, repositories and libraries. In recent years, a number of viable full open access publishing (OAP) models have emerged: OAP where the author pays, by subscription, through a sponsoring consortium, and by way of support and sponsorship.

Covered initiatives include BMC, Sage-Hindawi, Springer, SCOAP3, Science Commons OA law program, DRIVER, PARSE, PEER, NEEO and policies of the ERC, NIH and Harvard FAS

Keywords: Digital publishing, scientific publishing, open access publishing, permission mandate, scientific information, repositories, digital libraries, peer review

JEL Classification: D23, D43, I22, L13, L33, L82, O33

Suggested Citation

Armbruster, Chris, A European Model for the Digital Publishing of Scientific Information?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1106162 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1106162

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