[Open-access] [open-science] Data expedition idea - scholarly publishing income

Juan Jimenez-Anca juan at encremento.com
Fri Dec 20 13:40:20 UTC 2013

Hi all,

Following Jenny’s emails, I thought it would be a good idea to start a new
email conversation for the seven people who signed for this, but couldn't
find the email addresses on the pad. I had planned to do this earlier, but
university work has been really busy before the Christmas break. My
apologies for this.

During this time, I have been able to find company overviews for Informa PLC
(with information about the Academic division) and John Wiley & Sons. I have
attached the two overviews for your information. I think these files are
useful to update the information made available for 2011 in the various
journalistic sources distributed earlier by email. 

As an update to those figures, the Academic Information (AI) division of
Informa PLC had revenues of £340.3 million ($539.3 million) in 2012. This
represented an increase of 5.2% over 2011. The picture for the whole group
is mixed, as even though there was a decrease of the operating profit, the
net profit went up by more than 20% to £90.7 million ($143.7 million). The
operating profit for the AI division was 36% of the whole group's. 

According to my own calculations the academic information division had an
operating profit of £44.78 million in the FY2012. 

In the case of John Wiley & Sons, according to the company overview
attached, “the operating profit of the company was $280.4 million during
FY2012, an increase of 13% over FY2011. The net profit was $212.7 million in
FY2012, an increase of 23.8% over FY2011.” Their scientific, technical,
medical and scholarly division represents 58.4% of their revenue, whilst
higher education is 17.3%. 

I have not been able to find similar overviews for Elsevier and Springer’s.
But I just wanted to check with the group how to proceed from here before
trying to dig a bit further. 

With Christmas round the corner, a sensible option may perhaps be a group
videoconference in the new year. I have found out that Google Hangouts work
really well for this purpose. It could just be an informal conversation to
introduce ourselves and, if possible, come up with a plan of action for the
following weeks. Would this be something the group would be interesting in

Best wishes


Dr. Juan J. Jiménez-Anca
Lecturer in International Business (Aston University) | Founder and Director
Encremento c.i.c. | juan at encremento.com | j.j.jimenez-anca at aston.ac.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: open-access [mailto:open-access-bounces at lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of
Bjoern Brembs
Sent: 05 December 2013 23:28
To: Jenny Molloy
Cc: Heather Morrison; Encremento; open-access at lists.okfn.org; Carl
Boettiger; open-science
Subject: Re: [Open-access] [open-science] Data expedition idea - scholarly
publishing income

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, 1:38:58 PM, you wrote:

>  Bjoern - I think at this stage a data expedition would be more 
> finding out what data we can get and then we can bring the economists 
> on board so if you would still be happy to help coordinate that would 
> be fantastic!

Ok, I'm not sure I'll be able to help much. I could list what kinds of data
would be helpful.

For instance, stuff like this from Heather:


Björn Brembs
Universität Regensburg

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