The Globalization and Discontents of Open Access Support
Despite the associations of Open Access with a public good, in mass media the democratization of the access to knowledge that it brings is vaunted in disconnection from the underlying business models that can made it possible in the first place. The abandonment of the subscription-based model that has long defined the strategies of large publishers will, however, increase the dependence of the scientific community on the government largess. For universities, the transition to Open Access will translate not only into the re-allocation of their funds from journal subscriptions to article processing charges (APCs), with an uncertain effect on their budgeting, bur also into the potential instability of the eventual business model, especially for scientific fields heavily dependent on the research output publication subventions that government-funded bodies provide.
By Pablo Markin