Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

'Shock and Derision' at Science Appointment

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

'Shock and Derision' at Science Appointment

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science, which publishes the prestigious Science journals, has been criticised by open access advocates for appointing a perceived sceptic of open access as its publisher, and for charging up to $5,500 (£3,300) to publish in its new open access journal.

Earlier this month, the association named Kent Anderson as its publisher, effective from 3 November. He is a former president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and founder of its Scholarly Kitchen blog.

Michael Eisen, professor of genetics, genomics and development at the University of California, Berkeley and co-founder of the Plos open access journals, said that many of Mr Anderson's blog posts show "an utter disdain for the supporters of open access and a tendency to impugn our motives".

News of the appointment was "met with shock and widespread derision", he added, since Mr Anderson will "not only set publishing policies at influential journals, he will also be seen...as the publishing representative of the scientific community" by policymakers.

Professor Eisen said it was "ironic" that Mr Anderson's first task in his new role will be to launch the open access journal Science Advances, which will publish its first articles in February 2015. …

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