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Assessing the size of the affordability problem in scholarly publishing

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RT @brembs: @eugenevalkov @PlantEvolution @nature We have tabulated the steps of publishing a scholarly article, looked up the market rates…
@albertcardona @StephenEglen We also took all the steps needed to publish a scholarly article, looked up the market rates for each step, added some fixed costs and found out that you can run a Nature-type journal with publishing costs of about 1k: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g
@david_aristegui @schneiderleonid @AngelGMoreno @acorsin @CienciaxPueblo @OpenAccess @MicrobiomDigest @RickyPo @petersuber @jdelacueva @alafuente @AinaraLeGardon @merisalmenis Just checked with a different browser. Some example preprints of ours: 2007: https://t.co/67HItILeOg 2008: https://t.co/MSECdfvUgh 2013: https://t.co/lPbV6BXB2b 2016: https://t.co/pYdg7bAKf7 2019: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g 2020: https://t.co/b4lpaZBURr
RT @brembs: @eugenevalkov @PlantEvolution @nature We have tabulated the steps of publishing a scholarly article, looked up the market rates…
RT @brembs: @eugenevalkov @PlantEvolution @nature We have tabulated the steps of publishing a scholarly article, looked up the market rates…
RT @brembs: @eugenevalkov @PlantEvolution @nature We have tabulated the steps of publishing a scholarly article, looked up the market rates…
RT @brembs: @eugenevalkov @PlantEvolution @nature We have tabulated the steps of publishing a scholarly article, looked up the market rates…
@eugenevalkov @PlantEvolution @nature We have tabulated the steps of publishing a scholarly article, looked up the market rates for each step and added the fixed costs. We found that costs range from under US$200-1k: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g Anything more is a rip-off.
@sylvain_baillet @ElDuvelle @nature Sounds good and pretty close to what we have argued would be the costs of highly selective journals: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g
@statsguyuk @DoctorZen 3k is still about 6 times more expensive than it would need to be: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g
RT @brembs: @CarstenSchulte4 @stat_PT Here our breakdown with market rates (rather than what any individual publisher is inclined to pay):…
12 days ago
@CarstenSchulte4 @stat_PT Here our breakdown with market rates (rather than what any individual publisher is inclined to pay): https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g
12 days ago
@segundojao @stat_PT @eLife To my knowledge, we are the only ones who have broken down the process into individual steps where one can just go and look the market rates up. The preprint is here: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g and we have just submitted a much shortened version to peer-review at @F1000Research.
39 days ago
@Paul_hph @hhhw_schmidt Korrekt. In D sind es ungefähr 200m€ pro Jahr, unsere Uni ~2m€ Hier eine Übersicht über das was es tatsächlich kostet, verglichen mit dem was wir bezahlen: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g
40 days ago
@Paul_hph @ashleydfarley Detailed description of the steps that are needed to publish a scholarly article here: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g
41 days ago
@ptgmonteiro @tomashelikar Here are the current market rates for publishing services for anyone who wants to start a competitive publishing company: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g tl;dr: pay 500 for the service and sell the product for 9500 to the customer
RT @brembs: @daforerog @MarkusElsner1 Indeed. See here for how much publishing actually costs if you wanted to start a publishing business…
42 days ago
@daforerog @MarkusElsner1 Indeed. See here for how much publishing actually costs if you wanted to start a publishing business today: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g On average, about 55% of the total price is non-publishing costs. IOW, we pay more for non-publishing things than for publishing. Let that sink in.
42 days ago
@MarkusElsner1 I've looked at it when it came out, of course. Looks like there are several levels at which they could cur costs without changing any of the service quality: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g Seems like EMBO is just not very good at what they do (or at least inefficient).
RT @brembs: @minisciencegirl Wait until you see what a tiny fraction of these prices the publishing costs are: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g
62 days ago
RT @brembs: @andreasfahlman1 @agnes_karlson @FredrikJutfelt @BrianNosek @OSFramework @phylogenomics @dsquintana @jamesheathers @thePeerJ Wi…
RT @brembs: @andreasfahlman1 @agnes_karlson @FredrikJutfelt @BrianNosek @OSFramework @phylogenomics @dsquintana @jamesheathers @thePeerJ Wi…
62 days ago
@andreasfahlman1 @agnes_karlson @FredrikJutfelt @BrianNosek @OSFramework @phylogenomics @dsquintana @jamesheathers @thePeerJ Wiley has a profit margin of 42%, most other publishers are pretty close. This is because their costs are minimal and their revenue obscene: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g
RT @brembs: @minisciencegirl Wait until you see what a tiny fraction of these prices the publishing costs are: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g
62 days ago
@minisciencegirl Wait until you see what a tiny fraction of these prices the publishing costs are: https://t.co/GtzRD0CM5g
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Competing Interests

Björn Brembs is an Academic Editor for PeerJ.

Author Contributions

Alexander Grossmann analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, approved the final draft.

Björn Brembs prepared figures and/or tables, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Data Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding data availability:

Figshare: 10.6084/m9.figshare.8118197

https://figshare.com/articles/Journal_Production_Cost_010519_xlsx/8118197

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The authors received no funding for this work.


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