[open-science] First copy costs of scientific articles - a short overview
pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Apr 25 14:50:45 UTC 2014
On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM, Ulrich Herb <u.herb at scinoptica.com> wrote:
> Dear Peter, dear lists,
> 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.
That's roughly what I thought it was. I'd leave out author costs because
they could be very variable and very large and overlap with the research.
>> closed access articles, salaries for non-authors,
I don't understand this - it should be independent of closed/open.
There *are* additional costs for closed, such as firewall maintenance,
layers, writing DRM, etc but they shouldn't be included.
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
CB2 1EW, UK
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