How Open Access will affect the small society publisher


Sarah Cooney, Society of Chemical Industry, 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS, United Kingdom
SCI is a unique international forum where science meets business on independent impartial ground. Members include consumer representatives, environmentalists, industrialists and academic researchers, and the Society offers a chance to share information between sectors as diverse as food and agriculture, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemicals. Founded in London in 1881, today SCI is a registered charity with members in more than 70 countries. SCI’s charter requires that the Society shall “advance …science for public benefit by…publishing appropriate journals, books and other communications”. SCI is a small publisher, owning 4 peer-reviewed journals that are well-respected niche titles (Journal of the Science of Food & Agriculture is ranked second in its field category). Journals provide a large proportion of the Society’s gross revenue to SCI; the surplus (after funding associated editorial and other services) is invested back into the society. This surplus is vital for funding a range of educational activities, awards and bursaries both in the developed and developing world. This talk will explore some of the issues that face small societies like SCI in the light of the Open Access movement.