"Steve Miron, senior vice president of Wiley's Scientific, Technical, Medical and Scholarly business reveals why he is excited about the potential of open access.
What trends have you seen?
We are seeing huge growth in our author base from emerging countries, not just in quantity but also in quality. Also, as publishing becomes more global, we are able to tap into a global talent base for staff and reviewers.
There are trends for societies too. For years they have looked to journals to fund their activities but with library budgets under pressure we see lots of societies wanting to develop new services for members in, for example, education and professional development. It’s early days with this but it’s a definite trend.
This is a very exciting development for Wiley, which publishes on behalf of around 800 professional and learned societies, but also is both a major educational publisher and a publisher in the area of professional development.
How have the needs of researchers changed?
In many ways, they haven’t. The need to get funding and publish in order to build a career hasn’t changed very much. And certain aspects of the publishing landscape will probably remain, for example, the importance of quality and reputation; and the importance of topical relevance to one’s communities...."