(1 Mar 2019) Over the past year, there have been some important developments among the major publishers as they move towards a new model for distributing their content. The principal driver has been the fear of “leakage,” which is to say usage for which publishers cannot provide COUNTER statistics and therefore are unable to monetize. There is real fear of losing library sales altogether due to leakage to SciHub, ResearchGate, and similar sites, which in one view is what has happened, at least for now, for Elsevier content with Germany and California. The new model that is emerging to control leakage is one that Roger C. Schonfeld has called syndication.
Read the full story from Schonfeld here.