PLOS ONE Output Falls Following Impact Factor Decline

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Fri Jul 4 03:21:55 EDT 2014

Dear Jeroen, 


>From your first lines I deduce that you admit there is value in universal
free access to scholarly publications. Glad to have convinced you there ;-)


It seems to me that this argument obscures the issue. The problem with open
access with high author fees is related to the freedom of expression. Given
that funding is always a scarce resource, one may have to develop policies
at the institutional level that prioritize who is able to publish or not.
This may also differ among disciplines.


Fortunately, we still have a mixed system. -J





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