Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Unsustainable: OA Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

From the Scholarly Kitchen blog:

A shift to an author-pays open access publishing model is not a sustainable option — this is the main message of a much-awaited study of the costs of journal publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

The report, “The Future of Scholarly Journals Publishing Among Social Science and Humanities Associations,” was released on September 1st by the National Humanities Alliance. The study was conducted by the independent publishing consultant, Mary Waltham, and underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The study was based on a detailed analysis of the publishing costs and revenue streams of eight humanities and social science and journals (HSS), representing the flagship journals of their associations and based on three-years of data (2005-2007).

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