[open-science] First copy costs of scientific articles - a short overview

Ulrich Herb u.herb at scinoptica.com
Fri Apr 25 13:43:34 UTC 2014

Dear Peter, dear lists,

> This is really valuable. It's a table that others can fill in, etc.

yes of course! it's also available under cc by 4.0. I uploaded the data 
as a markdown file, now I doubt whether this was the best variant. But 
everyone is invited to change the content or format of the file.

> Can you define what "first copy costs" are?

There the problem starts, because there is no definition of the first 
copy costs.  Basically I would say these are the pure production costs 
of an article including salaries for authors (if paid :-))copy-editing, 
editorial work, the organisation of the peer review and the 
certification of the content but without margins, costs for hosting, 
costs for authentication in the case of closed access articles, salaries 
for non-authors, ... that's at least what I tried to extract from the 
literature for the table.

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