Sunday, July 31, 2005

Imaginary Journal of High-End Chemistry

The Imaginary Journal of High-End Chemistry is an ad hoc thought experiment, designed to answer the question, what is the ballpark cost of producing an electronic-only, stricly open access journal article, in the priciest high-end STM market? The Imaginary Journal is a response to a challenge from academic publisher Lisa Diettrich of Academic Medicine for us poetic visionary OA types to address "the nitty gritty of how we pay for it all". As it happens, if there is anything this particular OA advocate enjoys more than poetic visioning, it is economic modelling. The Imaginary Journal begins to explore a few other poetic economic concepts, such as Work Less, and creative globalization for the good of all, themes which I hope to delve into in more depth in The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

Issues of Imaginary Journal can be found on the SPARC Open Access Forum Archive (search for Imaginary Journal). Here are links to each issue:

Introductory Issue:

Oct 2004: 2

Oct 2004: 3

Oct 2004: 4

Nov 2004: 1

Interlude Issue (Dec 2004)

Many thanks to those who participated in this collaborative experiment, including leaders in the publishing industry (both on and off list - liblicense-l as well as the SPARC Open Access Forum), and chemists.

This post reflects my personal opinion only and does not represent the opinions or policy of the BC Electronic Library Network or the Simon Fraser University Library.

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