A report I completed in June 2005 "Learned Society Open Access Business Models" for JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee - see http://www.jisc.ac.uk/) is now available here and from the JISC site. The report provides an in-depth exploration of 13 learned society journals, their business and pricing models, the wider context of their societies, and open access business models. The importance of disciplinary differences are confirmed and the report clarifies that there is no ‘universal answer’ to the complex issues in funding the publication of research literature. Any transition from traditional forms of publishing to newer models will therefore take time, will need to be explored collaboratively and will need to proceed from a firm evidence base.
An overview of this JISC report was published in the January 2006 issue of Learned Publishing.