Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Learned societies are “a critical part of the research environment”, and many rely largely on subscription income from their journals publishing programme to support the other services they offer to their members in the promotion of their academic discipline. As a result, they are facing enormous challenges as the journals publishing landscape becomes more complex and established revenues are threatened.

Following the publication of the UK Finch Group’s report on expanding access to research publications, there is genuine concern that learned societies could potentially stand to lose out significantly if Open Access is widely adopted. They are understandably worried about the future sustainability of their organizations and the knock-on effect on the subject research communities they support and serve.

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