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Re: Post Brussels : Elsevier and Australian STM debate 'sprouts'

Nope, Penn State Press pays no support for editorial offices or stipends for editors. All that we provide is, for a few journals, copyediting and for all letterhead stationary if they desire it.

I'm not sure what you mean by "course releases." If you mean release time for faculty from teaching courses so that they can dedicate the time to journal editing, that is not within the Press's power to effect. Journal editors need to negotiate release time with their own department heads. The Press plays no role in these negotiations, direct or indirect.

Since clearly university presses differ in these respects, I suggest that you put together a short survey for journal managers to fill out on the AAUP listserv for journal managers. Then we'll have data that can serve as the basis for making statements.

Sandy, perhaps you aren't factoring in course releases and subsidies
paid to editorial offices? I would be surprised if Penn State
weren't providing support in some manner - I believe that many
university presses actually do so. University of California Press,
for example, provides a broad range of editorial support in a
variety of forms for the journals we publish including editor's
salaries, stipends, course releases and office support. This type of
support from publishers has become increasingly important over the
past decade as institutional support for editorial offices has

Rebecca Simon
Associate Director
University of California Press
and Director, Journals and Digital Publishing Division

Frankly, Sandy, I don't think I would have put that into print. I
don't know your journals program, but if something has economic
value and I sat at, say, Blackwell or Sage (not to mention MIT or
Chicago), I would take your statement as an opportunity to go

Joe Esposito

On 2/28/07, Sandy Thatcher <sgt3@psu.edu> wrote:
I cannot claim to know how commercial or society publishers
compensate editors of their journals, but I can tell you that
Penn State Press pays not a cent to any of the editors of its 11
journals-and I suspect we are not alone among university press
journal publishers.

Sandy Thatcher
Penn State University Press