[OKFN-IN] Fwd: [GOAL] Effect of Green OA on Publishers

Sridhar Gutam gutam2000 at gmail.com
Wed May 30 12:09:05 UTC 2012

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From: David Prosser <david.prosser at rluk.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 21:36:43 +0100
Subject: [GOAL]  Effect of Green OA on Publishers
To: "Global Open Access List (Successor of AmSci)" <goal at eprints.org>

Dear All

As many of you know, the European Commission has funded a project -
PEER - over the past few years to look at what effect, if any, green
OA through embargoed access would have on publishers - both in terms
of downloads at the publisher sites and subscriptions.

Today in Brussels the PEER project reported on its findings.  The
meeting opened with a flying visit from the Commissioner for Info Soc
and Vice President of the Commission, Neelie Kroes.  Madam Kroes is a
strong supporter of OA and gave a straight message to the audience -
Open Access is not a luxury, but a necessity; OA is vital for growth
and sharing knowledge benefits society and the economy; and
traditional ways of doing things have no favoured status - we all need
to change. She said that the EC is working on OA recommendation to all
the member states.

After that, we began to get the results.  Others will write in more
details I'm sure, complete with caveats and health warnings, but the
headlines are:

1. There is no evidence of any harm to publishers as a result of
embargoed green OA
2. There is evidence of increased total usage through green OA
3. There is evidence that green OA through the PEER project actually
drives usage at the publisher site.

An economic analysis also suggested that the cost of organising peer
review is $250 per submission - an interesting factoid.

More details of the PEER project can be found at
http://www.peerproject.eu/ while Madam Kroes' speech is at:


Best wishes


Sridhar Gutam PhD, ARS, Patent Laws (NALSAR), IP & Biotech. (WIPO)
Senior Scientist (Plant Physiology) Central Institute for Subtropical
Horticulture <http://www.cishlko.org>
Joint Secretary, Agricultural Research Service Scientists'
Convener, Open Access India <https://www.facebook.com/oaindia>
Rehmankhera, Kakori Post
Lucknow 227107, Uttar Pradesh, India
Phone: +91-522-2841022/23/24; Fax: +91-522-2841025
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