An Open Access Primer – Market Size and Trends
Open access has attracted much attention and passionate debate in the STM world, and the subject remains full of contradictions. This report takes an objective look at open access and cuts through the confusion. It provides a primer about open access from the ground up, from defining the basics to analyzing the key drivers. It then sizes the open access market by providing a comprehensive, neutral survey of data sources, critically appraising them, and building out clear measures of adoption. Finally, it looks ahead, projecting the financial effects of a transition to open access under a number of scenarios and offering practical advice for managing the change that open access represents. The report contains:
- A primer about open access, from basic definition of the scholarly publishing process through to the different types and nuances of open access;
- Analysis of market drivers and inhibitors for open access;
- Outsell data and analysis sizing the open access market;
- Essential actions for publishers and information providers affected by the open access publishing model.