The scientific publishing houses Springer-Verlag and Kluwer Academic Publishers - both publishing under the joint Springer brand from July onward - have, as part of the merging process, reviewed their business policies. Effective July 2004, authors who publish articles in scientific journals can choose between two different publication models. In addition to the existing subscription model, they also have the option of choosing the new Springer Open Choice model. This model is a novelty because the author and not the user assumes the costs of quality and service in the publishing process. His or her article can be freely accessed by the public; the full-text version can be read and downloaded free of charge via the online SpringerLink service without any access restrictions.
As Derk Haank, CEO of the Springer specialist publishing group, explains, this business model is designed to service the market’s new needs: "The existing traditional subscription model has put us well on our way to efficiently connecting the entire research community electronically. At the same time, however, we want to respond to the demands of the small group of researchers and certain publicly funded research communities who are advocating even wider unlimited access to scientific content and who are in a position to pay for that service. Springer Open Choice is therefore not a matter of either/or. We want to offer our authors both options and let them choose. Ultimately, the customers will decide what they want."
If authors choose the Open Choice model, they will pay a fee of US $3,000 once their article has been reviewed and accepted by the editorial board. The article is then published in both electronic and printed form. There are no differences between the actual articles published in the Open Choice and the conventional model. They will all be subjected to the same strict scientific review process and will appear in the established journals. Articles will also go through Springer’s full article processing service, including editing, production, and distribution through the established worldwide channels. Springer will ensure that the articles are linked to all the usual international reference systems in electronic publishing, and will also provide the standard indexing and abstract service. In addition, the articles continue to be protected by full copyright in both electronic and print form.
The merger of Springer-Verlag and KAP has created the new scientific publishing company Springer, which is now the second-largest STM (Science, Technology, Medicine) publisher in the world. Springer is one of the most reputed international publishing houses. Its publications include titles on medicine, biomedicine and the life sciences, physics and the engineering sciences, economics and statistics, mathematics and computer science, the arts and social sciences. After the merger with KAP, which began in February 2004, a total of 1,250 journals and around 3,500 new book titles will be published each year. The new Springer Open Choice model is one of the first services developed jointly by the two publishing houses.
Springer is part of the specialist publishing group Springer Science+Business Media, which owns 70 publishing houses with more than 5,400 employees in 18 countries. Its core topics are science, medicine, engineering, business, architecture, construction, and transport.
A service website will be available at www.springeronline.com/openchoice
If you have any questions, please contact:Sabine Schaub
Springer Science+Business Media
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