At this point in this process, it would be most helpful to know:
- is anyone else already doing this?
- is anyone considering doing this (if so, are they interested in collaborating?)
- tips to make this work of obtaining lists of article processing fees easier
- links to information about article processing fee levels
Update October 3 - on the open research approach - so far, in less than 24 hours, I have substantive comments via e-mail from 4 experts in the field, including one with an interest in collaborating. I will limit acknowledgements at this point to comments posted to public lists or at the request of the contributor in the case of personal e-mails, but wanted to note that from my perspective the open approach on this project is already succeeding - but please keep the comments and suggestions coming!
Thanks to Andrew Adams on the GOAL Open Access List:
Heather, The ACM, a major scholarly society publisher in computer science, set it APCs for hybrid gold journals (and hybrid gold for its fully-refereed conference proceedings, an unusual element of computer science research whereby full papers are reviewed for conference which produce proceedings which are of equivalent status to journals, in some cases being the premiere publication locus in a field) by reference explicitly not to the costs it incurs for articles but at the "low end of commercial publishing rates". They are looking at their entire business model (which currently has publishing as a major income line but which they admit is an uncertain basis on which to proceed) over the next few months but any changes to this will not be quick. There are groups within ACM pushing for cost-receovery only on APCs including breaks for under-resourced authors (including but not limited to those from developing economies).
References / Bibliography
Solomon, D. J. and Björk, B.-C. (2012), A study of open access journals using article processing charges. J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 63: 1485–1495. doi: 10.1002/asi.22673
Peterson, AT, Emmett, A, Greenberg, ML. (2013). Open Access and the Author-Pays Problem: Assuring Access for Readers and Authors in a Global Community of Scholars. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 1(3):eP1064. http://dx.doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.1064
Second update October 4 - thanks to Leslie Chan on the GOAL Open Access List:
You probably came across this already, but just in case:
Marcin Kozak and James Hartley, Publication fees for open access journals:
Article first published online: 18 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/asi.22972
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