[LINK] Open access publishing not a threat to research grants
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Tue Jan 30 13:00:07 AEDT 2007
At 10:57 AM 1/29/2007, Glen Turner wrote:
>Tom Worthington wrote:
> > Perhaps some indicator is needed to show those articles for which
> > authors have paid to have published. ...
>IEEE and ACM publications usually ask for money. ...
I hadn't realized they charged.
ACM charge US$60.00 per page and they say paying is not a condition
<http://www.acm.org/pubs/surveys/Authors.html#PageCharges>. So the
average paper of eight pages would cost $US480. One IEEE conference
has an "additional papers payment" of $200 for the first four pages
and $100 per page for more.
>What you are seeing here is a bunfight between the ARC and the
>universities about if open access publishing is part of the
>'infrastructure' (and thus not funded by ARC grants) or not. ...
It would seem very clear to me that publishing the research should
count as part of the cost of doing the research.
>I suspect it will be a cold day in hell before the libraries, which
>have had their budgets slashed for
>twenty years now and can barely afford to replace wobbly chairs,
>willingly give up any funding.
If the Librarians would stop being the poor handmaidens to
publishers, they could make some serious money. There is no reason
why the university libraries can't provide publication services to
the university and collect the revenue from this. It seems bizarre
that universities will allow their authors to write stuff, pay
publishers to publish it and then pay the publishers to be able to read it.
If the universities are going to go to the trouble to set up a
pre/post print electronic archive, they might as well slap an ISBN
and some workflow software on it and produce their own journals (much
as ACS has done with the ACS Digital Library
<http://dl.acs.org.au/>). It is easier to create the e-paper from
scratch in your own journal system than try and enter a pre/post
print from a commercial publisher.
For the "scholars workbench" system the ANU is building I have
suggested skipping the step of converting word processing documents
from authors and instead have the authors type their papers directly
into the publishing system via the web. The metadata and the content
will then be neatly filed in the system by the author (if they don;t
do it they will not get their paper published).
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