“It involves collecting recent information—reflecting the variety of scenarios—on the editorial costs of research journals in all fields, to take stock of the overall situation in a full and up-to-date report. The aim is to identify the different journals’ common parameters and, based on these, formulate recommendations to support those journals seeking realistic open access that is compatible with their organisation.
“The inquiry is being led by the Collège de l’édition scientifique numérique (Digital Scientific Publishing Board) at the BSN. The Board began by receiving around twenty research journal representatives for qualitative interviews regarding research journals’ situation in general and, in particular, their costs. We are currently completing this qualitative approach with a wider inquiry open to all those who wish to respond.
“Please note: given that the inquiry only concerns editorial costs, it does not take scientific costs into account (pay for authors, reviewers, editors).”
WHO IS THIS INQUIRY INTENDED FOR?
“This inquiry is intended for all research journals in all fields, whether with open or exclusive access. Even though this inquiry is led by a French organisation to formulate recommendations for the French Ministry of Research, it is not restricted to French territory, especially given that research journals are rarely confined to national boundaries.”
DETAILS AND RESPONDING TO THE INQUIRY ONLINE:
Closing date for responding: 10 July 2014.