Open Access Blog Blog

Stockholms Stadsbibliotek, Stockholm, Sweden, May 28, 2009 | © Courtesy of Bruno Vanbesien/Flickr. 0

Elsevier Gets Blocked in Sweden After it Legally Requires Internet Providers to Make Sci-Hub Locally Inaccessible

Even though Elsevier, which had failed to sign journal subscription contracts with Swedish university libraries over their demands for Open Access, has won a battle against Sci-Hub, an illegal platform for sharing scientific articles, in local courts in Sweden, Bahnhof, a local internet service provider, both complied with the injunction not to offer access to pirated content and effectively counter-blocks local attempts at browsing the websites of Elsevier and the Swedish court.

Petri Art, the Wellcome Trust, London, England, UK, February 28, 2009 | © Courtesy of gwire/Flickr. 0

Though the Plan S May Significantly Affect Open Access Journals, it Can also Reduce the Publishing Market Concentration

As a formal complaint over the anti-competitive impact of Elsevier, a globally dominant scientific publisher, on the journal publishing market has been placed with the European Commission, such as due to the lacking transparency of its pricing practices, the Plan S is likely provide incentives to scholarly journals to change their models in the direction of making publication costs visible upfront in the Open Access sector.

Inner Court of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Avenue N., Seattle, Washington, USA, May 12, 2012 | © Courtesy of Can Pac Swire/Flickr. 0

As Support for the Plan S for Open Access Ramps Up, Global Scientists Draw Attention to its Risks and Possible Implications

Whereas the British Wellcome Trust and the American Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation increase the financial heft of the Plan S by almost 30%, scientists from research and educational institutions in Europe and around the world have publicly expressed their concerns that this Open Access initiative may have severe negative consequences for the scholarly publishing system.

Roof Area, Wellcome Trust, London, England, UK, October 31, 2014 | © Courtesy of Matt Brown/Flickr. 0

Recent Findings Suggest That Open Access Mandates Promote Hybrid Rather Than Gold or Green Open Access Models

As the European Plan S joins numerous research funding institutions in mandating the adoption of Open Access, empirical data for Western Europe and North America do not demonstrate dramatic spikes in Open Access article outputs after mandates come into force between 2009 and 2017, due to the spectacular increases in hybrid Open Access prevalence on the background of mixed paper output share performance of pure Gold and Green Open Access models.