I have been reading the executive summary of the latest IEA World Energy Outlook, and I will comment on that in a different post.
With this post I would like to ask why the IEA thinks it is appropriate to charge users 120 euros for a simple PDF file of the whole report (690 pages).
I understand that the IEA has 28 Member Countries, most of them developed countries. The IEA has a budget of EUR 26,612,600 in 2012, and around 20 percent of that is covered from publication income.
That would be 5,322,520, or 190,090 euro per Member State.
That is the amount saved by hiding this vital information behind a paywall, therefore making it much less effective. This policy makes sure that everyone not rich enough to shell out these extremely high prices is deprived of the chance of reading the full reports, as well as everybody who might be able to pay, but just doesn’t bother.
Last time I called for the IEA releasing their reports in a more useful way I pointed to the fact that the World Bank got the memo and has now an open access policy.