ERIC Number: ED041187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Report of the Task Group on the Economics of Primary Publication.
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Committee on Scientific and Technical Communication.
Besides making several recommendations pertaining to the operation and financing of primary journals, this report commented on the limitations of our present understanding of the economics of journal publication and strongly recommended extensive studies to fill this gap. The introduction to the report proper includes sections on genesis, goals, previous studies and procedure used, and the nature of this report. The general perspective section covers: role of primary journals; diversity of journals, sizes, circulations, prices; value of journals to society; production costs; library costs; sources of revenue; foci of opposition to the page-charge system and considerations advanced in favor of page charges. Areas in which recommendations are made include: need for Federal support, governmental policies concerning page charges, monitoring, recommendations to publishers on organization and financial policies, additional recommendations for societies and publishers and further thoughts. The appendix contains: an introduction, guiding principles, present situation and arguments and conclusions. Attachment A lists the organizations and individuals that have contributed information for this study. Attachment B presents the journal population and sampling procedure. Attachment C contains mathematical studies of models. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Committee on Scientific and Technical Communication.