For-profit publisher Elsevier is committed to “improving the information system supporting research” and explains what could happen across the next decade in a new paper. In the process it points, without making mention of its present journals base, to a business strategy to embed itself in the research system.
“Elsevier is becoming a data-centric organisation, which involves much more than technology; it is about embedding analytics across every aspect of decision-making. We are ready to play our part in making every aspect of the research lifecycle more connected, more transparent and more inclusive and we invite the community to jointly produce solutions that both challenge and enhance the research information system.”
As for the push for open access to research, Elsevier suggests a way to do it is increase funding for “article publishing charges.”
Owner RELX reported a 35 per cent profit margin for its scientific, technical and medical division for the first half of 2018, on sales of €1, 933 and expected the second-half to be in-line.