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ELECTRONIC SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL, AND MEDICAL JOURNAL PUBLISHING AND ITS IMPLICATIONS REPORT OF A SYMPOSIUM Committee on Electronic Scientific, Technical, and Medical Journal Publishing Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy Policy and Global Affairs Division THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS Washington, DC www.nap.edu
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STEERING COMMITTEE ON ELECTRONIC SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL, AND MEDICAL JOURNAL PUBLISHING AND ITS IMPLICATIONS EDWARD H. SHORTLIFFE (Chair), Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University DANIEL E. ATKINS, University of Michigan FLOYD BLOOM, The Scripps Research Institute JANE GINSBURG, Columbia University School of Law CLIFFORD LYNCH, The Coalition for Networked Information JEFFREY MACKIE-MASON, University of Michigan ANN OKERSON, Yale University MARY WALTHAM, Publishing Consultant Principal Project Staff Paul Uhlir, Project Director Alan Inouye, Senior Program Officer Julie Esanu, Program Officer Robin Schoen, Program Officer Kevin Rowan, Project Associate Amy Franklin, Senior Program Assistant
COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND PUBLIC POLICY MAXINE F. SINGER (Chair), Carnegie Institution of Washington R. JAMES COOK, Washington State University HAILE T. DEBAS, University of California, San Francisco MARYE ANNE FOX, North Carolina State University ELSA M. GARMIRE, Dartmouth College MARY-CLAIRE KING, University of Washington W. CARL LINEBERGER, University of Colorado ANNE C. PETERSEN, W. K. Kellogg Foundation CECIL B. PICKETT, Schering-Plough Research Institute GERALD M. RUBIN, Howard Hughes Medical Institute EDWARD H. SHORTLIFFE, Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University HUGO F. SONNENSCHEIN, The University of Chicago IRVING L. WEISSMAN, Stanford University, School of Medicine SHEILA WIDNALL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MARY LOU ZOBACK, U.S. Geological Survey Staff Richard E. Bissell, Executive Director Deborah D. Stine, Associate Director Marion E. Ramsey, Administrative Associate
Preface The use of the Internet and other digital information technologies by the scientific, technical, and medical (STM) research community in the United States and most other countries has transformed many aspects of the research and publishing process. The new technologies have created fundamental changes in the production, management, dissemination, and use of all types of information. It is now possible to communicate research results much more quickly, broadly, and openly than was possible through traditional print publications in the past. Researchers are now able to make available independently their data and articles online, where the informa- tion may be easily found, browsed, annotated, critiqued, downloaded, and freely shared. This is resulting in significant changes to the linear path of writing, refereeing, and reviewing of publications as all these functions can be performed concurrently. Most STM publishers also now publish elec- tronic versions of their journals, some exclusively so. The technological developments and resulting changes to the sociology of science are creating both opportunities and challenges for the effective management of scien- tific communication generally, and STM publishing more specifically. Because of the far-reaching implications of these developments, the National Academy of Sciences Council's Committee on Publications rec- ommended that the Council commission a study of the factors involved in the changing mechanisms for access to STM information in the scholarly publications and the various technical, legal, policy, and economic issues that they raise. The committee indicated that it is imperative for the Na- tional Academies to address, in particular, the increasing concerns about the vii
viii PREFACE implications of various models for access to STM publications for the scien- tific community. As a result, the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy was asked to appoint a committee to oversee the planning for the Symposium on Electronic Scientific, Technical, and Medical Journal Publishing and Its Im- plications, which was held May 19-20, 2003, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The symposium brought together experts in STM publishing, both producers and users of these publications, to: (1) iden- tify the recent technical changes in publishing, and other factors, that influ- ence the decisions of journal publishers to produce journals electronically; (2) identify the needs of the scientific, engineering, and medical community as users of journals, whether electronic or printed; (3) discuss the responses of not-for-profit and commercial STM publishers and of other stakeholders in the STM community to the opportunities and challenges posed by the shift to electronic publishing; and (4) examine the spectrum of proposals that has been put forth to respond to the needs of users as the publishing industry shifts to electronic information production and dissemination. The symposium was divided into six sessions, each introduced by open- ing comments from a moderator, followed by several invited presentations. Session 1 examined the costs involved with the publication of STM journals while Session 2 looked at the related publication business models. Session 3 explored the legal issues in the production and dissemination of these jour- nals. Sessions 4 and 5 looked toward the future and examined, respectively, what is publication in the future and what constitutes a publication in the digital environment. The final session provided several commentaries on the presentations and discussions that took place during the symposium. The proceedings of the symposium were taped and transcribed, and served as the basis for this symposium report. The formal Proceedings of the symposium are available online via the National Academies Press. The Na- tional Academies hosted a live audio webcast of the symposium to reach a broad audience and receive additional input. The webcast, along with the edited Proceedings of the symposium, can be found on the symposium Web site at http://www7.nationalacademies.org/cosepup/E-Publishing.html. This report is based on excerpts from the symposium Proceedings that the committee found particularly useful to highlight. It summarizes the views of the symposium participants but does not contain any consensus findings, conclusions, or recommendations of the committee itself. A footnote in each major section of the report identifies the individuals responsible for the views presented there. In addition, Chapters 3-7 each have a final section entitled "Is-
PREFACE ix sues Raised in the Discussion" that summarizes portions of the general discussion of the expert invited panel speakers among themselves and with the audience. Because of the large number of speakers providing comments in those discus- sions, we have not attributed each point to specific individuals. However, the source of each point may be found in the edited online Proceedings. The report does not cover all the issues that a more comprehensive study might consider, since it is limited only to the topics discussed during the symposium. Several important issues were identified in subsequent dis- cussions, including: the relationship of journal size (number of "pages," articles, issues) to total annual cost; the "first copy" costs and the relation- ship of those costs to income sources such as subscriptions or payments from aggregators; and federal policies on the publication of articles in STM journals by recipients of federal research support. Nor was it possible to involve representatives of all types of STM jour- nals or of all functions in the broader process of scientific communication. The comments and suggestions made by the various participants cannot be generalized easily across the entire spectrum of publications in the STM jour- nal enterprise. For example, significant differences exist between for-profit and not-for-profit journals, between those that represent professional societ- ies and those that do not, between journals that derive revenues from adver- tisements and those that do not, and between clinical and basic science jour- nals. With regard to the latter, for instance, editors of clinical journals caution that they have a special responsibility in quality control and review. Whereas readers of basic science journals are generally scientists who can critique the articles they read, those who turn to clinical journals for current knowledge frequently may not be experts in the research disciplines covered and have come to depend on the editorial process to assure the accuracy and validity of the papers that they read. The quality and safety of patient care may thus be tied rather directly to the quality of the editorial process in clinical journals. Despite these acknowledged limitations of the symposium discussions and the resulting report, the committee believes that the material presented here will help identify specific areas for more in-depth inquiry by all the stakeholders in STM journal publishing and in scientific communication more generally. Edward Shortliffe Committee Chair Paul Uhlir Project Director
Acknowledgments The Committee on Electronic Scientific, Technical, and Medical Jour- nal Publishing and Its Implications would like to thank the following indi- viduals (in alphabetical order) who made presentations during the sympo- sium (see Appendix A for the final symposium agenda): Hal Abelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Bruce Alberts, National Academy of Sciences; Kent Anderson, New England Journal of Medicine; Malcolm Beasley, Stanford University; Robert Bovenschulte, American Chemical Society; Monica Bradford, Science; Patrick Brown, Stanford Uni- versity; Brian Crawford, John Wiley & Sons; James Duderstadt, University of Michigan; Joseph Esposito, SRI Consulting; Michael Jensen, Harvard Business School; Michael Keller, HighWire Press; David Lipman, National Center for Biotechnology Information; Wendy Lougee, University of Min- nesota; Richard Luce, Los Alamos National Laboratory; James O'Donnell, Georgetown University; Paul Resnick, University of Michigan; Bernard Rous, Association for Computing Machinery; Alex Szalay, Johns Hopkins University; Gordon Tibbitts, Blackwell Publishing USA; and Ann Wolpert, MIT. The committee also would like to express its gratitude to the guidance group for this project, which was formed under the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy. Members of that group included, James Cook, Washington State University; Paul Torgerson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (retired); and Edward Shortliffe, Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University. xi
xii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This volume has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with proce- dures approved by the NRC's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity and evidence. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confi- dential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Martin Blume, American Psychological Society; Karen Hunter, Elsevier Health Services; Justin Hughes, Cardozo Law School; James Neal, Columbia University; Andrew Odylzko, University of Minnesota; and Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Although the reviewers listed above have provided constructive com- ments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution. Finally, the committee would like to recognize the contributions of the following National Research Council staff. Paul Uhlir, director of the Of- fice of International Scientific and Technical Information Programs, was the project director for the symposium and principal editor of the committee's report; Julie Esanu, program officer for the Office of Interna- tional Scientific and Technical Information Programs, helped organize the symposium and edit the report; Alan Inouye, interim director of the Com- puter Science and Telecommunications Board, and Robin Schoen, pro- gram officer for the Board on Life Sciences, provided advice on the project; Kevin Rowan, project associate for the Committee on Science, Engineer- ing, and Public Policy, provided project support for the May symposium; and Amy Franklin, senior program assistant for the Board on International Scientific Organizations, assisted with the production of this report.
Contents Executive Summary 1 1. Introduction 7 2. Costs of Publication 9 3. Publication Business Models and Revenue 20 4. Legal Issues in the Production, Dissemination, and Use of the 40 Journal Literature 5. What Is Publishing in the Future? 48 6. What Constitutes a Publication in the Digital Environment? 56 7. Symposium Wrap-Up 67 Appendixes A Symposium Agenda 75 B Biographical Information for Speakers and Steering 80 Committee Members C Symposium Participants 94 xiii