I have posted a further Q&A in the series I have been doing exploring the current state of Open Access. This one is with Björn Brembs, Professor of Neurogenetics at the University of Regensburg in Germany.


Brembs, who self-characterises himself as a “disgruntled user of a dysfunctional scholarly communication system”, believes it is time for the research community to take ownership of the scholarly communication system back from publishers, and build a “modern scholarly infrastructure”.


How does he envisage that being done?


“I propose that a small set of competent and motivated libraries with large subscription budgets and substantial faculty support cooperate in taking the lead. This group of libraries would shift funds from subscriptions to investing in developing infrastructure and other components for a library-based scholarly communication system.”


The Q&A can be read here: