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RE: Should university presses adopt an OA model for all of their scholarly books?

Here is an approximation of costs for purposes of this 

Managing Editor - ranging from half-time to full-time with an 
editorial assistant - $30,000 to $100,000

Editorial Office - $5,000 to $25,000

Editorial Processing, from acceptance to ready for publishing in 
print and online, including copy-editing and peer review system - 
~ $100/page; ranging from $40,000 (for a quarterly journal with 
100 editorial pages per issue) to $200,000 for around 2,000 
editorial pages

Online publishing and the 3 P's associated with printed journal 
would be additional to the above, as would be sales/marketing.

One could argue that these costs are on the high end, but I have 
a feeling that the average for the university presses lies 
somewhere between $15,000 and the example above.

Nawin Gupta

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[mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu] On Behalf Of Sandy Thatcher
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Subject: RE: Should university presses adopt an OA model for all of their
scholarly books?

One wonders why.... I was assuming a quarterly journal with about 
96 pages per issue. There are of course journals that publish 
more frequently and have many more pages annually than 4 x 96, as 
well as some with complicated typesetting, but I wanted to keep 
my estimate simple, representing what I consider to be the 
"typical" journal in these fields. I'd love to see the breakdown 
of costs that add up to more than $100,000 per journal. Can you 
supply them, from memory or otherwise?

P.S. Our Press publishes 11 journals in the humanities and social 
sciences for a total cost of around $185,000 annually, and my 
figure of $15,000 is rounded off from that experience. 
Copyediting for most of them is paid for by the editorial office, 
not the Press, so if that expense were added to the mix for all 
of our journals, the total would probably round off to $20,000.

Sandy Thatcher
Penn State University Press