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Re: How many (peer reveiwed) journals are there?
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- From: Sandy Thatcher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2008 20:23:43 EST
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There are surely such scams going on, and I am investigating one now. Once I have sufficient evidence, I will report it to this list. Sandy Thatcher Penn State University PRess >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 > >----- Original Message ----- >From: "David Prosser" <email@example.com> >To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 2:11 AM >Subject: RE: How many (peer reveiwed) journals are there? > >> Joe was careful to make clear that his question was not to do >> with the business model of journals, so it is unfortunate that >> Phil could not resist the dig at OA publishers. Having looked >> at the first 20 titles listed by BMC I can't see one that >> hasn't published papers this year. Some have only published a >> few papers, some have published many. Maybe I've just missed >> the 'scores' of titles that publish no papers, but frankly I'm >> not going to check them all. I'll just wait for Phil to >> produce some evidence to back-up his claim. >> >> David