Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Open Choice?

Open Access One way or another, I've mostly been thinking about open access this morning. UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) formally launches today. Under other circumstances, I'd be happy about this, but I came to the news via a bruising encounter with Springer "Open" Choice. $3000 per article - are they having a laugh?

So rather than doing anything useful for the past hour, I've wasted valuable academic time faffing around trying to find a publication option which satisfies the impact factor requirement of REF and the desire to publish my work openly and available to all. The solution? I shall set LRA on Springer and let them sort it out.

Who loses in this situation?