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Open Access and the Changing World of Scholarly Research
Moritz Thommen, Julia Kersebaum, Bayley Beth
S. Karger AG, Switzerland
Radical changes are afoot in scholarly publishing, and the needs of libraries and all stakeholders are evolving. Open Access is a key element and driver of change, but there is much more to it. To meet the challenges and help the institutions we serve thrive in this brave new world, Karger has shaken up its organization and its activities.
Institutes and publishers have always shared a core mission: to help knowledge reach the people who need it. But Open Access is re-defining the roles of libraries/institutions and publishers. We are no longer only talking about selling and acquiring content. Now, our focus is shifting to filtering, generating and publishing content – content that matters. This means that the entire research cycle is coming into the picture. How can we as a publisher ensure we are covering and serving the evolving needs of institutions and libraries, or, as Karger puts it, “connecting and advancing health sciences?” Karger is embracing the revolution. By diversifying our services, Karger aims to intensify our cooperation with libraries and institutions as their roles are transformed, too.