[Taxacom] Journal of Hymenoptera Research
Fabio.Moretzsohn at tamucc.edu
Thu Jan 31 14:58:58 CST 2013
Interesting thread! I'm the managing editor of the American Malacological Bulletin, published by a small society (American Malacological Society) through a commercial publisher. I would be very interested in learning more about Open Access options, including some successful models. As Dean correctly mentioned, many societies, including mine, just keep the status quo because they don't know other alternatives--or are not informed of a model that would allow the society to continue to survive AND publish their journals in Open Access. Currently, it is the belief of many that small society journals are only possible through a paid model, and that if the journal is published in open access few members would be compelled to pay dues, and thus, the society would be in financial trouble.
I would appreciate suggestions of papers, websites and other resources on the topic, so that I can learn more and perhaps help my society to move toward an open model.
Fabio Moretzsohn, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
Managing Editor, American Malacological Bulletin
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Dean Pentcheff
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:56 PM
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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
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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.
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