The changing nature of research publishing

Academic publishers like The Netherlands’ Elsevier and the UK’s Macmillan have built massive businesses by selling pricey subscriptions to individuals and publishers. A single subscription to Nature, for example, can run for $199 a year, while big universities and libraries pay millions of dollars yearly to journal companies for both offline and online access.

But nobody is safe from digital. The web and changing reader attitudes about science publishing are forcing the big research publishers to rethink the traditional stranglehold that they’ve had over their content.

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