May 16, 2022

The Latest Issue of “The Journal of Electronic Publishing” Looks at the Economics of Publishing

The Summer 2016 issue of The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) (19.1) is now available online. This issue features articles (both new and from the JEP archives) on the economics of scholarly publishing.

Maria Bonn, Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, is the editor of JEP. It’s published by Michigan Publishing.

The Journal of Electronic Publishing (19.1)

2016-08-09_11-47-46Editor’s Note [19.1]: Economics of Publishing
by Maria Bonn

Determining the Financial Cost of Scholarly Book Publishing
by Scott Smart, Charles Watkinson, Gary Dunham, and Nicholas Fitzgerald
Establishing a framework to catalog and understand costs with monograph publication.

The Costs of Publishing Monographs: Toward a Transparent Methodology
by Nancy Maron, et al.
Developing a granular methodology to account for the true costs of monograph publication.

Preliminary Examination of “Free Riding” in US Monograph Publication
by Paul N. Courant and Terri Geitgey
Would a shift to an author subvention model alleviate the free rider problem?

[Book Review] Ann Okerson and Alex Holzman. The Once and Future Publishing Library
by Adam Hodgkin
This short book is required reading for those working in scholarship, libraries, university presses, or digital publishing.

From the Archives: Economics of Publishing

In addition to the new articles featured in Vol. 19.1, below we are highlighting past contributions to understanding the economics of publishing, including an entire issue published in 1998.

The Business of Culture in Our Post-Industrial Times
by Richard Nash
What might new business models for culture and creativity look like? From Volume 17, Issue 1 (2014).

The Short-Term Influence of Free Digital Versions of Books on Print Sales
by John Hilton III and David Wiley
What happens to books sales when digital versions are given away? From Volume 13, Issue 1 (2010).

Scholarly Publishing Re-invented: Real Costs and Real Freedoms
by Julian M. Fisher
Cost savings for journal article production. From Volume 11, Issue 2 (2008).

How Much Does It Cost to Publish A Monograph and Why?
by Marlie Parker Wasserman
Do we publishers exaggerate when we say it is becoming too expensive to publish monographs? From Volume 4, Issue 1 (1998).

Vol. 4, No. 1: Current Thinking on the Economics of Electronic Publishing
September 1998
1998 special issue featuring original articles and reprints on digital publishing costs, advertising, e-journals, websites, newspapers, and more.

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