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Physicists Set Plan in Motion to Change Publishing System

January 29, 2009

By JEFFREY R. YOUNG

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, 2009

“For the first time in centuries, researchers are getting back control of the process of scholarly communication,” says Salvatore Mele, a project leader for open-access efforts at CERN, the European particle-physics laboratory, who is one of the leaders of the group. He and others say they recently reached the halfway point in their pledge drive, and they hope to be up and running in another year.

Physicist are really leading the way with this new publishing system. I think it is a good thing that researchers are taking things into their own hands and doing something about the escalating prices of journal subscription. In this economic climate, prices should be coming down. Access to scholarly communication should not be at such extorbitant prices, if at any price at all.

My library, like a lot of academic libraries, is now doing something like that, having its own cache of publications by the faculty that can be made accessible to our members.

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