[LINK] more about open info access ...

Anthony Hornby anthony.w.hornby at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 16:43:34 AEDT 2009

Houghton's JISC report from January this year is also interesting.
Houghton, J and Rasmussen, B and Sheehan, P and Oppenheim, C and
Morris, A and Creaser, C and Greenwood, H and Summers, M and Gourlay,
A (2009) Economic implications of alternative scholarly publishing
models: Exploring the costs and benefits. Project Report.


One small snippet from the conclusions:

It seems likely that more open access would have substantial net
benefits in the longer term and, while net benefits may be lower
during a transitional period they are likely to be positive for both
open access publishing and self-archiving alternatives (i.e. Gold OA)
and for parallel subscription publishing and self-archiving (i.e.
Green OA). This suggests that there are gains to be realised from
moving towards open access publishing models and, despite the lag
between the costs and the realisation of benefits, the transition may
be affordable within existing system-wide budgetary allocations.


2009/4/1 Anthony Hornby <anthony.w.hornby at gmail.com>:
> Thanks Evan,
> another useful thing to read tonight :-)
> Appreciated !
> Regards Anthony
> 2009/4/1 ARTHUR,Evan (Dr) <Evan.ARTHUR at deewr.gov.au>:
>> A good general discussion of the issue of scholarly publishing/open access as it affects Australia is:  Houghton, J.W. with Steele, C. and Sheehan, P. (2008) 'Scholarly Communication Costs in Australian Higher Education,' Higher Education Management and Policy 20(3), pp27-44. Available from the OECD/IHME.  There is also John's earlier report which he did for us when we were DEST at (impossible URL follows): http://www.dest.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/0ACB271F-EA7D-4FAF-B3F7-0381F441B175/13935/DEST_Research_Communications_Cost_Report_Sept2006.pdf
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