Outsell, Inc., a research and advisory firm focused exclusively on the Information Content (IC) Industry, has released new details in the serials crisis currently pitting libraries and academic institutions against the publishers that serve them in the scientific, technical & medical (STM) information sector. Outsell's new Briefing, Competitor Assessment: STM - Revolution In The Land Of The Giants, contains data and predictions for both buyers and sellers in the STM market.
Specific predictions include: increased collaboration among libraries, funding agencies intervening to help forge new business models, innovation from the smaller publishers, and embedding STM content into decision-making workflow. In writing the Briefing, Outsell analysts sought to step back from the current highly charged industry atmosphere to take a detailed look at the company performance, strategies, and products of six STM players: Reed Elsevier, John Wiley, Kluwer Academic Press, Thomson, Taylor & Francis, and Springer Science+Business Media.
In The Land Of The Giants is based on interviews with STM sector stakeholders. In addition to secondary research, Outsell analysts spoke to STM content buyers in academic, corporate, and government libraries, research scientists who create and use STM content, and many content vendors. Outsell's Leigh Watson Healy, Chief Analyst; Chuck Richard, Vice President and Lead Analyst; Janet Cleary, Director and Lead Analyst; Susan Brown, Senior Information Analyst; and Lisa Nash, Senior Information Analyst, also tapped Outsell's proprietary databases for this Briefing. These include Outsell's information on over 3,000 information content vendors in the corporate, academic, and government markets as well as details on the habits and preferences of over 30,000 information users-professionals in market and competitive intelligence, knowledge management, portal management, and more. Competitor Assessment: STM - Revolution In The Land Of The Giants is distributed to clients as part of Outsell's flagship InfoAboutInfo service. The 36-page report is also available for purchase exclusively at the Outsell store.