Just a few days ago, independent journalist and long-time Open Access observer Richard Poynder published a striking interview with former Vice President at De Gruyter, Alexander Grossmann, who lately took up a post as Professor of Publishing Management at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences and founded the publishing and network start-up venture ScienceOpen.

According to Grossmann, “there is no publishing house which is either able or willing to consider the rigorous change in their business models which would be required to actively pursue an open access publishing concept” though “both publishers and funding organizations should by now have had enough time”.

The Q&A is part of Poynder’s current series The State of Open Access where he interviews relevant stakeholders in the OA arena as Peter Suber, Joseph Esposito, Stevan Harnad, and others. The blog Open & Shut? contains much of Poynder’s writings on OA and other open initiatives.

Andreas Kirchner


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