De Gruyter’s Sven Fund on the state of Open Access: Where are we, what still needs to be done?

Richard Poynder, Sept 17, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting interview with Sven Fund, CEO of Berlin-based scholarly publisher De Gruyter, though to be sure, the most inbteresting part of the article is in the lengthy introduction (longer, I think, than the actual interview). Fund is challenged on a number of points related to open access, including whether De Gruyter has lobbied against it (he says they haven't), whether double-dipping (wherein a publisher collects fees to publish an open access article, then collects subscription fvees nonetheless) is a problem (he says it is negligible), and the prevalence of sentiment among reserachers for open access and against publishers.

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