journals and publishing ("W. M. Hartmann" )

Subject: journals and publishing
From:    "W. M. Hartmann"  <hartmann(at)PA.MSU.EDU>
Date:    Fri, 25 May 2001 10:31:37 -0400

This is a multi-part message in MIME format. --------------6A02A9A92B683036FC03A648 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit --------------6A02A9A92B683036FC03A648 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii; name="plsrep.txt" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Disposition: inline; filename="plsrep.txt" Re: The recent postings on the Public Library of Science (PLS), acoustics, and JASA. The Acoustical Society of America, which sets policy for JASA, is dedicated to the promotion of acoustics. To those of us in the administration of the ASA, the goals of the PLS for access to the literature seem exactly right. However, there are practical problems. Through its refereeing and editing functions the JASA publishing procedure adds significant value to the articles. These publishing activities are EXPENSIVE. The ASA can afford to publish JASA because of income gained from library subscriptions. (This is actually true of all AIP publications, including Phys. Rev.) If free access causes enough libraries to cancel subscriptions, scientific journals like JASA will fold or dramatically change their character. The ASA administration keeps close watch on ideas about publishing. We discuss them at every meeting. We try alternative models. As you can imagine, one of the most plausible in an era of free access is mandatory and high page charges. (They'd need to be about triple.) But no one likes the concept of publication by the rich. We continue to work on it. There will surely be some news on this front after Chicago, June 2-8. Yours, William Hartmann President-elect, ASA --------------6A02A9A92B683036FC03A648--

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