Change ahead: How do smaller publishers perceive open access?

« (…) While libraries and funding bodies in German-speaking countries have been negotiating Open Access Agreements with large publishers for years through initiatives such as Project DEAL, small and medium-sized publishers are rarely involved. This focus on major publishers tends to promote market concentration at the expense of smaller publishers whose views are often neglected, a subject recently discussed at the COASP 2018 conference. In the meantime, initiatives such as the Heidelberg Appeal, or publikationsfreiheit.de, seem to suggest that many of these hundreds of smaller publishers are opposed to the idea of Open Access. (…) »