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Roger Clarke's 'A Cost-Profile of Journal-Publishing'

A Cost-Profile of Journal-Publishing
Appendix 2: Unincorporated Mutual, Gratis eJournal

Version of 24 March 2006

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Category Description

This Appendix presents an indicative cost-profile for a particular kind of journal-publisher.

The organisational category addressed here is an Unincorporated Mutual (or an Association that publishes a journal as a service), which has little or no revenue, and relies on cost absorption, donation and sponsorship.

It is an eJournal, and there is no hard-copy edition.

It may be published periodically (probably monthly or quarterly), or spasmodically. But an eJournal does not have to be constrained to the concept of an 'Issue', and publishing may be continual, as articles come out of the production process.

An eJournal similarly does not have to be limited by page-counts or article-counts. It might publish 20-100 articles p.a.


Costs

Establishment Costs

1

Conception and articulation of the journal's name, scope, philosophy and modus operandiUndertaken by senior academics
2Preliminary negotiations within the intellectual communityUndertaken by senior academics
3Preliminary negotiations with potential providers of operational resourcesUndertaken by senior academics
4Preliminary negotiations with potential providers of infrastructureUndertaken by senior academics
5Acquisition of investment and working capitalUndertaken by senior academics
6Appointment of Board, Editor and Editorial Committee(s)Undertaken by senior academics
7Accumulation of Referees ListUndertaken by senior academics
8Acquisition of infrastructureUndertaken by senior academics, probably with the Web-site run using gratis, open source tools, and probably with the Web-site costs absorbed by a sponsor
9Acquisition of operational resourcesUndertaken by senior academics
10Acquisition of intellectual property (logos, trademarks, copyrights, licences)Undertaken by senior academics
11Preparation of formal components of the printed journal and web-siteUndertaken by senior academics, supported by outsourced service provider
12Preparation of web-siteUndertaken by junior academics or students
13Announcement to the communityUndertaken by senior academics
14Issue of initial calls for papersUndertaken by senior academics

Operations Costs

• Submission-Related

1

Receipt, acknowledgement and management Editor, Editorial Committee and Referees, possibly supported by junior academics or students
2Conduct and management of the assessment processEditor, Editorial Committee and Referees, generally gratis, but possibly with allowances, free advertising or similar partial recompense

• Article-Related

1

Production-editingPartly by the Editor or a member of the Editorial Committee, and partly by junior academics or students
2CataloguingPartly by the Editor or a member of the Editorial Committee, and partly by junior academics or students

• Issue-Related

1

EditorialEffort by the Editor
2Production-editingPartly by the Editor or a member of the Editorial Committee, and partly by junior academics or students
3ProductionSupervised by the Editor, supported by a junior academic or student
4ProtectionNone
5DistributionDownloaded by HTTP or FTP

• Generic

1

MarketingVery limited, undertaken primarily by senior academics
2Customer relationship managementVery limited, undertaken primarily by senior academics
3Archive managementMirrored, by senior academics and perhaps by libraries
4IndexingDependent on commercial search-engines such as Google, or using an on-site search-engine, probably open-source and gratis
5GovernanceUndertaken by the Editor and Editorial Committee

Infrastructure-Maintenance Costs

1

Editor and Editorial Committee(s)Undertaken by senior academics
2A pool of refereesUndertaken by senior academics
3Communications channelsArranged by senior academics, supported by junior academics or students
4Norms for communications and formattingUndertaken by senior academics
5Production facilitiesIncluded in the fees charged by the outsourced service provider
6Subscription-list facilitiesNone
7Distribution mechanismsDependent on Internet infrastructure

Financial Costs

1

Interest on investment capitalNone
2Interest on working capitalNone

TOTAL COSTS

EstablishmentNil
Operations – Submission-RelatedNil
Operations – Article-RelatedNil
Operations – Issue-RelatedNil
Operations – GenericNil
Infrastructure MaintenanceNil
FinancialNil
TOTALNil


Business Model

This is a communitarian undertaking, or from an economist's terms a 'gift economy'. The statements above are subject to qualifications, in that various costs are absorbed by the participants' host institutions, or the low costs are covered by donations and sponsorships, perhaps in cash but in many cases in kind, e.g. use of equipment, software licences and office-space.



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