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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Costs for Open-Access Publishing

What Open-Access Publishing Actually Costs

Ellen Wexler | November 9, 2015

In academe, ideas cost money. But how much?
Advocates for open-access journals say that academic research should be free for everyone to read. But even those proponents acknowledge that publishing costs money — the disagreement is over the amount.
The issue was highlighted last month, when all six editors and all 31 editorial-board members resigned from Lingua, a prominent linguistics journal, after a disagreement with the journal’s publisher, Elsevier, over how much libraries and authors should pay.
Many of the reviewers and authors at open-access journals work on a volunteer basis. So what are the true costs of running such a publication? The Chronicle asked the Open Library of the Humanities, a nonprofit group that publishes seven peer-reviewed journals in the humanities and social sciences. The group will also help fund Glossa, a journal that Lingua's departing editors are planning to start.


<more at; related links: (What a Mass Exodus at a Linguistics Journal Means for Scholarly Publishing. November 5, 2015) and (Open Access Publishing. What it is and how to sustain it. September 8, 2015)>

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