What Plan S Means for You – Delta Think

Our previous post looked at how additional funders joining Plan S might affect the overall market. Modelling the big picture is vital to producing benchmarks against which an organization can judge its own position relative to others.

However, your organization’s experience may be different to the average. It will have its own mix of products and dependencies. So, how might we tailor a model to reflect an organization’s specific experience and see how it might differ to the market average?

Our models combine a large number of criteria, including overall growth, the balance between different business models, regional effects, and pricing changes for both volume and value. We also project these criteria over time using regression (or “best fit”) analysis. In doing so, we can choose whether to take conservative or aggressive approaches for projections.

With so many possibilities, developing a model for a specific organization requires choosing which parameters to vary. We must also decide which scenarios to model….

[W]e decided to model two scenarios:

  1. The effects of a ban on hybrid, as Plan S funders will not fund APCs in hybrid journals (the green line). We assumed a “worst case” in which hybrid revenue will disappear – authors will either submit to other publishers’ journals, or follow a green option. As a point of comparison, we show a market-average scenario of the EU banning hybrid in the dotted grey line. Note how our fictitious organization suffers LESS reduction in its income even though its hybrid income is GREATER than average. This is because its growth dynamics are influenced by its faster than average revenue and publication growth, and higher-than average proportion of non-EU submissions.
  2. China moves forward on its plans to increase OA adoption, making an aggressive move to raise OA uptake to levels similar to that in Plan S countries (i.e. those with strong OA policies). In this scenario, we also assume that subscription revenues per article are replaced by lower open access revenues (playing to the principles of cost-neutrality discussed at the OA conference, and assuming aggressive pricing negotiations took hold). Here we see the organization seeing a much more profound decrease in projected revenues compared with an EU-only Plan S adoption. The dynamic here is one of core, higher-value subscription revenues being eroded by the widespread adoption of open access. …”


Director of the Science Policy Coordination, Collaboration & Reporting Division (NIH Office of Science Policy)

The Office of the Director (OD), Office of Science Policy (OSP) is looking to fill a Supervisory Health Science Policy analyst position to serve as the Director of the Science Policy Coordination, Collaboration & Reporting Division. In addition, the incumbent will also serve as a senior advisor to the Associate Director for Science Policy providing development, planning, analysis, and management over a range of science policy issues across the spectrum of biomedical research….


Sustainable Open Access and Impact: Celebrating OA Week | Policy Press Blog

We [Bristol Universityh Press] offer a range of flexible open access options for both journals and book publishing which continue to evolve, and we are always interested in working with our authors to explore new ideas.

Both Green and Gold options are available for all our journal and book content and we are flexible to allow for funder compliance. See our open access options for books and open access options for journals for more information.

For journals our OA content is available to access on our IngentaConnect platform where it is clearly signposted.

For books we make our OA content available via OAPEN and JSTOR and we are delighted to be a part of the Knowledge Unlatched collections which are funded by libraries.

We offer discounts on our standard APCs to researchers in developing countries and to those in institutions who subscribe to our journal collections….”

Program Assistant for Publishing and Repository Services

“University Libraries’ Publishing and Repository Services (PRS) engages with partners across the university to increase the amount, value, and impact of OSU-produced digital content including, but not limited to, conference proceedings, journals, monographs, student scholarship, working papers, technical reports, and faculty articles. PRSoffers support by organizing, providing access, distributing, and preserving digital scholarship through the Knowledge Bank repository program and the Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Program.

The Production Assistant reports to the Publishing Services Lead and performs production work for Publishing and Repository Services on multiple simultaneous projects. Production work includes: submitting content, creating metadata, DOI registration, designing and documenting workflows, monitoring and ensuring the quality of data input, tracking projects in project database, and scheduling and supervising the production work of student assistants. The Production Assistant works collaboratively with the Head of the Department and other departmental staff. The position requires attention to detail, sound judgment and decision making, and knowledge of related and applicable software programs (e.g. DSpace). All other duties as assigned….”

arXiv Update – January 2019 – arXiv public wiki – Dashboard

“In 2018, the repository received 140,616 new submissions, a 14% increase from 2017. The subject distribution is evolving as Computer Science represented about 26% of overall submissions, and Math 24%. There were about 228 million downloads from all over the world. arXiv is truly a global resource, with almost 90% of supporting funds coming from sources other than Cornell and 70% of institutional use coming from countries other than the U.S….”