Joseph Serene '69
Treasurer/Publisher of the American Physical Society and Professor Emeritus at Georgetown
Abstract: The landscape of scientific publishing continues to shift rapidly, along dimensions including the move from print to electronic delivery; the number and geographical distribution of authors, readers, and subscribers; the financial models for supporting scientific publication; and the role of large commercial publishers. In particular, the emergence of the Internet as the primary channel for distribution of scientific literature, together with the pricing policies of some commercial publishers, have generated wide support for Open Access publication. I will illustrate these trends and issues in the context of the journals of the American Physical Society, and I will describe in detail the financial challenges to the goal of Open Access to all APS journals.