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RE: Should university presses adopt an OA model for all of their scholarly books?
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- Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 15:57:00 EST
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Nawin Gupta wrote: Here is an approximation of costs for purposes of this discussion: 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 *** Questions: 1. Can you clarify that these are two ways of expressing editing costs (Editorial Staff + Office), OR Editorial processing costs? Or am I misreading this? 2. $100 per page for copyediting and peer review seems very steep. Is as example of a journal where these functions are provided by paid editorial staff? Comment: The cost estimates for university press publishing provided by Gupta and Thatcher are very different. This is quite common in scholarly publishing, and makes much more sense than one would think at first. Almost anything in scholarly publishing can be done either on a purely volunteer / in-kind support basis, or by paying for services, or something in between (e.g., an editorial salary only partially reflecting the work involved). Because this is part of the work of the scholar, there can be a vast difference in cost which does not necessarily correlate with quality. Some of the society journals are produced at very low costs compared with the commercial sector, for example, yet are very highly regarded for their quality, often moreso than commercial journals. Any opinion expressed in this e-mail is that of the author alone, and does not represent the opinion or policy of BC Electronic Library Network or Simon Fraser University Library. Heather Morrison, MLIS The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com
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