Why Are Scholarly Journals Costly even with Electronic Publishing?

Galyani-Moghaddam, Golnessa Why Are Scholarly Journals Costly even with Electronic Publishing? Interlending & Document Supply, 2009, vol. 37, n. 3, pp. 149-155. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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Journal literature has long played a prominent role in the scholarly communication chain. In recent decades, however, the scholarly communication system has been facing a crisis due to the ever-escalating costs of journals. This paper examines the reasons for the high costs of scholarly journals. A brief review of literature on journal publishing costs was carried out. The paper focuses on the economics of scholarly English language journals published mainly in the United States and Europe, but which are sold worldwide, largely to academic and research libraries. Two of the features of the journal publishing industry cited a decade ago and still valid today are a “lack of competition” and “perverse incentives.” The “first-copy cost” is reported to be the main reason for high journal prices both in print and electronic publishing.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Journal Publishing, Journal Price, First Copy Cost, Electronic Publishing
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues. > EB. Printing, electronic publishing, broadcasting.
Depositing user: Golnessa Galyani Moghaddam
Date deposited: 06 Feb 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:16
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/14213


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