A public consultation on the EC-commissioned "Study on the economic and technical evolution of the scientific publication markets in Europe" was held from 31 March to 15 June 2006, which raised considerable interest from all concerned stakeholder groups. Responses were received from individual researchers, academic organisations, libraries and information organisations, and publishers. Many of the respondents welcomed the study and its recommendations, while the publishers responding to the study were critical. A summary of these responses and all individual responses can be accessed through the links below.
This study marked the first contribution to the current policy debate on the functioning and efficiency of the scientific publication system. The next milestone will be a joint communication with DG Information Society on access to and dissemination of scientific information to be released in December 2006, which will provoke discussion and debate within the Council of Ministers and at Member State level. A conference addressing scientific publication issues will take place on 15 and 16 February in Brussels, and further details will be available soon.