|High journal prices and journal sustainability|
2008 JOURNAL SUBSCRIPTION PRICES, provided by SPARC member libraries:
$21,582 Journal of comparative neurology
CAN OPEN-ACCESS JOURNALS SURVIVE WITHOUT SUBSCRIPTION INCOME?
The authors of journal articles, including researchers like your professors and many graduate students, aren’t paid by publishers for the articles they write. They contribute their papers for free (and sometimes pay) to advance the state of scholarship in their fields and to make a name for themselves as scholars and scientists. What’s more, these scholars also freely contribute their time to review and often edit other articles before they’re published. While some journals (particularly those published by scholarly societies and other non-profit entities) charge fair prices for access, the highest subscription costs pay instead for some commercial publishers’ 30% profit margins.
Adapted from SPARC (2008). “The Right to Research: The student guide to opening access to research.” Retrieved September 25, 2009: http://www.arl.org/sparc/bm%7Edoc/rr2008_pages.pdf
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