[Taxacom] Journal of Hymenoptera Research

Dean Pentcheff pentcheff at gmail.com
Thu Jan 31 13:56:04 CST 2013

Excellent question — please share whatever response you get. "Little"
societies face big problems getting their journals published well and
financially efficiently. One of the biggest problems is the lack of
expertise within the societies regarding modern publishing. The officers
usually "grew up" working with the standard commercial publishing world,
and simply don't know about anything else. This tends to lead to just
accepting the default option of an attractively-sold package by a
commercial publisher.

We just saw The Crustacean Society do this a few years ago. They dropped
Allen Press (for a variety of reasons), giving them the opportunity to make
changes easily. But, instead of looking into Open Access options, they
accepted an offer from Brill, so their content is thoroughly paywalled.
Their decision was based, it seems, not on a consideration of the options
available, but out of ignorance by the executive group of the society that
there _were_ any options besides the standard commercial publishers.

Having successful models in place (with the financial information that
society officers would need to begin thinking about the options) would be
very helpful in luring other groups over to the Light Side of the Universe

Dean Pentcheff
pentcheff at gmail.com
dpentche at nhm.org

On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM, Donat Agosti <agosti at amnh.org> wrote:

> The most recent issue of the Journal of Hymenoptera Research (
> http://tinyurl.com/bhc6x6n  ) includes a summary of the first two years
> of the International Society of Hymenopterists journal to the Open Access
> publisher Pensoft.  The striking figure is the increase of the printed
> number of pages from the first year (which is around the average of the
> previous number of published pages) to the second with almost the doubled
> page numbers. Though I hope that this is a trend, the time will tell.
> What I would like to see are some basic financial details on how  this is
> being managed, assuming that more pages also means more costs, and how ISH
> is dealing with this issue. If this move is sustainable, then it might set
> a precedence for other domain specific society journals to move into the
> open access publishing field and thus serve their members best.
> Donat
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