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This document is an Appendix to 'A Cost-Profile of Journal-Publishing'
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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.
|Conception and articulation of the journal's name, scope, philosophy and modus operandi||Undertaken by senior academics|
|2||Preliminary negotiations within the intellectual community||Undertaken by senior academics|
|3||Preliminary negotiations with potential providers of operational resources||Undertaken by senior academics|
|4||Preliminary negotiations with potential providers of infrastructure||Undertaken by senior academics|
|5||Acquisition of investment and working capital||Undertaken by senior academics|
|6||Appointment of Board, Editor and Editorial Committee(s)||Undertaken by senior academics|
|7||Accumulation of Referees List||Undertaken by senior academics|
|8||Acquisition of infrastructure||Undertaken 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|
|9||Acquisition of operational resources||Undertaken by senior academics|
|10||Acquisition of intellectual property (logos, trademarks, copyrights, licences)||Undertaken by senior academics|
|11||Preparation of formal components of the printed journal and web-site||Undertaken by senior academics, supported by outsourced service provider|
|12||Preparation of web-site||Undertaken by junior academics or students|
|13||Announcement to the community||Undertaken by senior academics|
|14||Issue of initial calls for papers||Undertaken by senior academics|
|Receipt, acknowledgement and management||Editor, Editorial Committee and Referees, possibly supported by junior academics or students|
|2||Conduct and management of the assessment process||Editor, Editorial Committee and Referees, generally gratis, but possibly with allowances, free advertising or similar partial recompense|
|Production-editing||Partly by the Editor or a member of the Editorial Committee, and partly by junior academics or students|
|2||Cataloguing||Partly by the Editor or a member of the Editorial Committee, and partly by junior academics or students|
|Editorial||Effort by the Editor|
|2||Production-editing||Partly by the Editor or a member of the Editorial Committee, and partly by junior academics or students|
|3||Production||Supervised by the Editor, supported by a junior academic or student|
|5||Distribution||Downloaded by HTTP or FTP|
|Marketing||Very limited, undertaken primarily by senior academics|
|2||Customer relationship management||Very limited, undertaken primarily by senior academics|
|3||Archive management||Mirrored, by senior academics and perhaps by libraries|
|4||Indexing||Dependent on commercial search-engines such as Google, or using an on-site search-engine, probably open-source and gratis|
|5||Governance||Undertaken by the Editor and Editorial Committee|
|Editor and Editorial Committee(s)||Undertaken by senior academics|
|2||A pool of referees||Undertaken by senior academics|
|3||Communications channels||Arranged by senior academics, supported by junior academics or students|
|4||Norms for communications and formatting||Undertaken by senior academics|
|5||Production facilities||Included in the fees charged by the outsourced service provider||6||Subscription-list facilities||None|
|7||Distribution mechanisms||Dependent on Internet infrastructure|
|Interest on investment capital||None|
|2||Interest on working capital||None|
|Operations – Submission-Related||Nil|
|Operations – Article-Related||Nil|
|Operations – Issue-Related||Nil|
|Operations – Generic||Nil|
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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