Journal Costs

Your recent editorial, "Why science journals are so expensive,"1 [caught my attention] since I am and have been a journal editor for over 10 years. Contrary to some of your thoughts, many of us who edit journals do not have any level of support from our organizations and end up running "cottage industries" that, even though they are with for-profit publishers, are run very much like the new journal you mentioned. My wife and I spend many evenings and weekends editing the journal. Since this is

Jeffrey Hurst
Mar 1, 1999

Your recent editorial, "Why science journals are so expensive,"1 [caught my attention] since I am and have been a journal editor for over 10 years. Contrary to some of your thoughts, many of us who edit journals do not have any level of support from our organizations and end up running "cottage industries" that, even though they are with for-profit publishers, are run very much like the new journal you mentioned. My wife and I spend many evenings and weekends editing the journal. Since this is a journal that we started, we do it for the people involved and surely not the money. Many thanks for the excellent editorial.

W. Jeffrey Hurst, Ph.D.
Editor, Laboratory Robotics and Automation
P.O. Box 672
Mt. Gretna, PA 17064
E-mail: wjh5200024@aol.com
Are So Expensive," The Scientist, 13[3]:12, Feb. 1, 1999.

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