Focus Group on Open Access for Scholarly Books – Report – — public version —

Report published on figshare: I wrote this about a year ago and plan to write a new article on the topic. Description The paper comprises the results of a focus group on open access scholarly monographs/books conducted in Oxford, UK in November 2013 as well as about 12 pages secondary research on the topic. […]

Change in Copyright Law as a Market Intervention to Realize the Welfare Potential of Text Mining in Scientific Research

A few months ago I’ve finished a working paper with the title “Change in Copyright Law as a Market Intervention to Realize the Welfare Potential of Text Mining in Scientific Research“. It leaves questions open and I’m planning to address its weaknesses at a later point, but it’s now available on SSRN: NB: A public […]

Scientific Publishing: Disruption and Semantic Build-Up

Update: The complete article (Parts 1, 2 etc.) was peer-reviewed and published in LOGOS: The Journal of the World Book Community ( The version on this webpage includes a few minor corrections which didn’t make it in the version published in LOGOS. Update: Post-print version here: Introduction A new technology paired with a viable business model […]

Bloomsbury Academic Broadens Range of Formats for Mobile Reading

Attending a seminar at Oxford Internet Institute about network neutrality I got to know about Christopher T. Marsden’s recent book “Net Neutrality: Towards a Co-Regulatory Solution“. All four speeches at the event were very compelling, and I am looking forward to reading Marsden’s book, which was offered with a 40 per cent discount at the […]

IHS Shows Where STM Value Goes

Triggered by Michael Nielsen’s blog post about disruption of scientific publishing and value migration away from publishing companies, in this post I will briefly summarize acquisition activities of IHS, Inc. (IHS), one of the leading providers of science, technical and medical (STM) information, to examine whether these activities substantiate a broader STM market trend also […]

Review: The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It

In preparation for a paper exploring business strategies for digital publishing via mobile networks, in this post I will review the book “The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It”1 written by professor of Harvard Law School and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Jonathan Zittrain. In contrast to […]