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RE: How many (peer reveiwed) journals are there?
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- From: "Sally Morris \(Morris Associates\)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2008 20:24:29 EST
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This is only really true if you pretend that overheads (including staff costs, computing costs, accommodation, heating and lighting, etc) don't apply. And I have heard people, in all seriousness, arguing that these costs don't really count because the people/building/computer were there anyway... Sally Morris Consultant, Morris Associates (Publishing Consultancy) Email: email@example.com -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: 07 November 2008 23:25 To: email@example.com Subject: Re: How many (peer reveiwed) journals are there? I've been puzzled about some publishers starting scores of OA journals, wondering, what is the point? And finally the penny has dropped. 'Publication costs' are frequently referred to as $xxxx per article, and its not feasible to recoup those kind of costs through author fees. Of course, costs are only of that order if, say, management of publishing companies indulge themselves with high wages and agreeable surroundings; its possible to run lean operations, and so have lower costs. But of course costs there are, however efficiently the basic publishing operations are run. But if you skip most of the basic publishing operations and in effect stick someone's submitted document on a website, with little more than a bit of re-styling by the typesetters, you don't have much in the way of costs. And a fairly low author fee more than covers that cost. And you don't need much in the way of sophisticated technology to bash out thousands of emails soliciting papers. A few chumps reply with cheque, and the publisher laughs all the way to the bank. Someone tell me that this is not really happening! Bill Hughes Multi-Science