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RE: "Overlay Journals" Over Again...
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- From: "Nawin Gupta" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 19:53:06 EDT
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One of the medical journals I worked with had an acceptance rate of less than 10% and publications costs per paper published averaged over $7,000 (not including printing and mailing costs). Much to my surprise, when I checked with two other comparable journals, there costs were not any less. Much like Rockefeller University Press, the idea of charging a submission fee was not even open for consideration. I have looked at publishing costs for a number of other journals in medical and social sciences. Journals that have low acceptance rates (around 10%) and a rather rigorous peer-review process and high standards for copy-editing, average costs per published article can easily run around $3,000 per article; $7,000+ is not the norm, but not unusual. And, if I may add, the amount of work has only increased as journals publish more and more supplemental materials online. Nawin Gupta Phone +1 773-623-9199 email@example.com -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Sally Morris (Morris Associates) Sent: Friday, July 03, 2009 10:38 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: "Overlay Journals" Over Again... So your publication costs are almost 7k per published paper, right? That seems unusually high Sally Morris Email: email@example.com -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Mike Rossner Sent: 03 July 2009 04:17 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: "Overlay Journals" Over Again... Submission fees are not practical as the sole source of revenue for selective journals. Based on our submission numbers for calendar year 2008, we would need to charge nearly $2,000 per submission to make up our revenue. Two of our journals reject 70% of submissions on the basis of review by the academic editors (i.e., they are not sent for external review), and the authors of those papers receive their rejection letters within a few of days of submission. I do not think those authors would be pleased to pay $2,000 for such a result. Most journal publishers are in the business of trying to attract the highest quality submissions. We are loath to levy any upfront fees that would discourage an author from submitting a manuscript. Mike Rossner Rockefeller University Press