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MP criticises government response on open access publishing

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7475.1122-a (Published 11 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1122
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    A leading Labour MP has criticised the government's response to proposals for an overhaul in the way scientific journals are funded, claiming that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has “kowtowed to the powerful publishing lobby.”

    Ian Gibson, chairman of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, told the BMJ that the government's response to his committee's report was “abominable” and went on to criticise the apparent dilution of comments from one of the main supporters of the “open access, author pays” publishing model.


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    The “author pays” model of open access, online publishing, as exemplified by the new journal PLoS Medicine, could potentially threaten subscription based journals, such as the BMJ and the Lancet

    Dr Gibson is a strong proponent of the “author pays” model of open access, online publishing, as exemplified by the Public Library …

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