Scientific Publishing and Alternative Pricing Mechanisms

Scientists, publishers and libraries are the players on the market for scientific information, which has a worldwide volume of approx. 60 billion euros. In recent years, several trends have emerged that may cause a major change of traditional market mechanisms. First of all, the increase of digitalization has lead to a shift towards electronic publication. Furthermore sinking library budgets with a simultaneous rise of journal prices result in massive cancellations of journals and books. In consequence of this ‘journal crisis’ alternative ways of publication (e.g. open access) become more and more favoured.

Objective of the project, which startet in May 2005, was the description and evaluation of different publication market paradigms. Therefore, the dynamic of the scientific supply chain was designed by game-theoretical models and computer-aided simulations. As a result, efficient market mechanisms could be identified concerning their economic feasibility.

The project was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and settled at the University Library Frankfurt/Main and the Chair of Business Administration, esp. Information Management.

Selected publications:
Bernius, S., Hanauske, M., Dugall, B., König, W. (forthcoming): Exploring the Effects of a Transition to Open Access: Insights from a Simulation Study; Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST).

Bernius, S. (2012): Open Access to Scientific Literature - Analyzing the Effects of Alternative Publishing Models on Scholarly Communication; Dissertation Thesis, Frankfurt am Main.

Bernius, S. (2010): The Impact of Open Access on the Management of Scientific Knowledge; Online Information Review, 34(4), 583-603.

Bernius, S., Hanauske, M., König, W., Dugall, B. (2009): Open Access Models and their Implications for the Players on the Scientific Publishing Market; Economic Analysis & Policy, 39(1), 103-115.