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Re: E-journal costs

Can you provide more complete cost information?  I would be interested to
know, for example, whether your cost includes salaries/benefits for those
who edit, compile and distribute the journal, correspond (by e-mail, one
guesses)  with authors, who is paying for the equipment, internet
connections, desks, offices, etc.  Does your $50,000 include all these
costs as well?

				- Donna Packer

Western Washington University Libraries
Bellingham, WA 98225

On Fri, 11 Dec 1998, Stephen R. Heller wrote:

> I am invloved (a member of the editorial board) of a new peer-reviewed,
> electronic only, startup journal in Chemistry - the Internet Journal of
> Chemistry (IJC) - www.ijc.com.
> As we approach the end of our first year of operation I can say without
> question that the cost for year one, including buying a dedicated
> computer, etc, is less tha $50,000.  We have 2500 registered users (the
> journal will be free for years 1 and 2) so far, and if we convert only a
> small percentage of these to paying customers starting in Janaury 2000, I
> am sure the journal will profitable at a very reasonable cost (i.e., less
> than $300).
> Steve Heller
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