Commercial publishers charge libraries big-ticket subscription prices for access. Germany’s “Projekt DEAL” is pushing for open access based on paying publishers an annual lump sum. While Wiley and SpringerNature are close to an agreement, academic publishing giant Elsevier remains fixed in the “pay-per-use” model. Seasoned journalists Gretchen Vogel and Kai Kupferschmidt provide a clear view into Germany’s current negotiations with Elsevier to increase science accessibility. getAbstract recommends this article to those interested in open access.
In this summary, you will learn
- What the “big flip” in academic publishing means,
- How much one scientific article costs and
- Why the current publishing model is teetering on extinction.
About the Authors
Gretchen Vogel is a journalist with over 20 years of experience. Kai Kupferschmidt studied Molecular Biomedicine and has written for Science magazine since 2011.