niedziela, 17 Grudzień 2017

(English) Finnish Data on Costs Paid to Scientific Publishers

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The Finnish Open Science and Research Initiative (ATT) collected data on the costs paid to scientific publishers in 2016, and found that:

  • Finnish higher education institutes and research institutes paid last year 35 million euros for electronic material from scientific publishers;
  • the biggest publisher, Elsevier, received over 10 million euros; and,
  • the five biggest publishers received about 80 % of total publisher costs.

 


The publisher cost data is available as open data licensed under CC BY 4.0 license, including academic publisher costs for 2010-2015.

The Finnish research community created a website called ‘no deal, no review’, as the Finnish library consortium (FinElib) seems willing to boycott Elsevier and not renew its subscriptions to Elsevier journals, unless Elsevier presents a fair deal. The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture outlined that the subscriptions contracts that are to be signed must significantly increase the opportunity for Finnish researchers to publish openly. A recent update on the negotiations with Elsevier show that the situation is not going in the right direction.

 

Caroline is coordinator of the Copyright 4 Creativity (C4C) coalition. She is also the founder and Managing Director of N-square Consulting (N²), a Brussels-based public affairs firm. She is the author of ‘iLobby.eu: Survival Guide to EU Lobbying, Including the Use of Social Media’.