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RE: Open Access to Research Is Inevitable, Libraries Are Told
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- From: Sandy Thatcher <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 19:22:51 EST
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To be fair, there may be good reasons to employ grad students to help publish journals, among them the experience that they get in working in this environment that may help advance their own careers later. This is also true for university presses that use undergraduate student interns, as we do at Penn State; we consider it part of our mission to provide such learning experiences for students on our campus, and a number have gone on to careers in publishing. The costs of training them are absorbed by the Press, but they are real costs; our mission being not to make a profit, however, but to serve scholarship and contribute to education in other ways, we regard this as justifiable even though not strictly the most efficient way to run a business. Sandy Thatcher >Of course, there are always costs, with OJS or any other tool. >There is always a learning curve, etc. How it is absorbed is the >interesting thing. When a lot of people do it because they want >to make their journal(s) work, then the cost is no longer >monetized. Perhaps it would be good if people left the >perspective that all has to be analyzed in purely organizational >terms that canbe tallied by a good accountant. Doing so is a >useful exercice but it is not a guaranted path to the realities >out there... > >With regard to grad students, one has to make a choice: cheap >labor with rapid turn-over or more stable, but costlier, labor. >Again, there is no hard rule here. > >Jean-Claude Guedon
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