22/09/2005 - Governments would boost innovation and get a better return on their investment in publicly funded research if they made research findings more widely available, according to a new OECD report on the scientific publishing industry.
The increasing online availability of research data is changing research practices and the growing trend of making primary data sources directly accessible is changing the business models of the scientific publishing industry, the report finds.
Findings of the report include:
-The so-called "Big Deal", where institutional and other subscribers pay for access to an online digital content aggregation of journal titles through licensing arrangements.
-Open access publishing, where authors and/or their employing or funding organisations pay some or all of the costs of publication.
-Open access archives and repositories, where organisations support institutional repositories and/or subjects.
Among its recommendations are that: