The socioeconomics of scientific publication
Research project on the transformation of scientific journals’ publication models in the era of open access.
This Mines ParisTech Center for the Sociology of Innovation (CSI) research project focuses on how major publishers and users of scientific publishing (university libraries for example) are handling the transition from the traditional subscription-based journal access model to different open access models in which tariff barriers to journal access are removed.
The survey is centred on exploring and analyzing public documents including recent “big deals” signed in different European countries between publishers in the scientific publishing market and national institutions in charge of negotiating access to journals.
- Create a typology of the contracts signed by scientific publishers and national institutions in charge of negotiating access to journals;
- Analyse the mechanisms set out in these contracts particularly the conditions for the publication of articles in open access and for pricing;
- Assess the effect of theses contracts on the transition to open access for scientific publications.
David Pontille works at the crossroads between science and technology studies, the anthropology of writing and the ethnography of work. His research covers three main themes: writing practices in different professional environments, scientific research evaluation technologies (signature and attribution of research production, journal rankings, bibliometric tools, peer review) and policies for the maintenance of technologies and infrastructures. He is currently focusing on recent transformations to the contribution of science associated with new forms of valorisation and cheating qualification modes.
He is a founder member of the Revue d’Anthropologie des Connaissances Anthropology of Knowledge Journal and also co-edits Scriptopolis, a scientific blog dedicated to ordinary writing practices.
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- Didier TORNY (CNRS senior researcher, Mines ParisTech, Center for the Sociology of Innovation)
- Quentin DUFOUR (Postdoctoral fellow, Mines ParisTech, Center for the Sociology of Innovation)