Prestigious scientific journals are charging vastly more than the costs they incur for each article published, claims contested study
Highly selective journals incur costs of no more than about $1,000 (£734) for every paper they produce, claims a study by a former publishing industry executive.
This analysis by the Times Higher Education provides an interesting context to discussions about the profit margins of major publishers (given that they’re charging about $2,000 for Open Access publishing), even after a shift to the Open Access publication of scientific work. Especially given that the labours of authors and peer reviewers are unpaid. This adds further weight to the premise that scholarly publications should not only be open, they should be not-for-profit as well. We have includes links to 14 related items.
Publishing costs for prestigious journals with a rejection rate of about 90 per cent had higher costs, rising to $1,053 for titles that published 100 or fewer papers a year, or to $770 for those that published more than 1,000 articles a year.