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

I am afraid the free Open Source software does not deliver the sort of functionality that the learned bodies many of us work for and the editors they appoint are looking for in a highly competitive situation. Or at least this is the perception of the scholarly individuals all publishers are dependent on.

I have not personally looked into the matter so all I can quote is perceptions. Have you yourself Heather actually tried out these different systems? I have not seen an analysis of electronic manuscript submissions systems since the excellent one by Mark Ware.

How many large journals are hosted on Scholarly Exchange? It would be good if a library-run and highly successful organisation like HighWire could explain to this list why learned bodies come to them rather that use these cheap alternatives. After all Stanford University Libraries are hardly red-in-tooth-and-claw "traditional" publishers - but their services are not cheap.

Both not-for-profit and commercial publishers really do try to keep their costs down. They need to do. They are businesses.

They are also in a competitive situation. They compete for the best journal editors and the top authors and both these categories of academics expect the best support that can be provided.

The fact that we are in a sort of arms race may be unpalatable and unfortunate but it is a fact.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Heather Morrison" <heatherm@eln.bc.ca>
To: <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 2:38 AM
Subject: Re: Post Brussels : Elsevier and Australian STM debate 'sprouts'

Anthony Watkinson says:

heavy technology items like manuscript submission systems have added
to the editorial costs

Perhaps this was true a few years ago - but no longer!  There is now
free, open source software, such as Open Journal Systems:

Plus, highly affordable hosting and support options, such as the
services provide by the Scholarly Exchange, who provides a free first
year and second-year hosting at $750 US per year.  Scholarly Exchange
also offers a revenue sharing advertising option, which means that
journals can actually earn revenue from being hosted at Scholarly

Heather Morrison