ERIC Number: ED414917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Comparing Electronic Journals to Print Journals: Are There Savings?
Fisher, Janet H.
This paper presents the preliminary results on the costs of electronic journals and compares them to the costs of traditional print journals. The "Chicago Journal of Theoretical Computer Science" (CJTCS) is used as a model and the direct costs incurred in publishing are compared with direct costs incurred for an issue of the same length of the electronic journal, "Neural Computation." Results indicate that the direct costs of publishing an electronic journal are substantially below that of a print journal with the same number of pages. The overhead costs, however, are much higher--1240% higher in this case--but that is adversely affected by the small amount of content published in CJTCS over the course of 18 months of overhead costs compared with NC which published 12 issues over the same period of time. The disparity in the markets for electronic products and print products is, at this point, a very big obstacle to their financial viability, as is also the reluctance on the part of the author community to submit material. (AEF)
Descriptors: Authors, Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Electronic Journals, Electronic Publishing, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Technology, Models, Nonprint Media, Periodicals, Printed Materials, Publishing Industry, Scholarly Journals
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