Re: Nature piece on self-archiving today (April 26)

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 21:15:17 +0100


In the Nature/VOL 140/26 April 2001/ article (pp 1024-1025):

the following passage contains some errors:

    "The minimum cost of refereeing has been estimated as $500 per
    accepted article by the American Institute of Physics


    but that figure almost certainly has inessential costs
    wrapped into it (for example, the creation of the publisher's PDF).
    I think that the true figure for peer-review implementation alone
    across all refereed journals probably averages closer to $200 per
    article, or even lower. Hence, quality-control costs account for
    only 10% of the collective tolls actually being paid per article."

(1) The correct affiliation for Mark Doyle should be the American
Physical Society (APS), not the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

(2) A better URL for the estimate instead of the one listed is:

The estimate is a summary from the Geneva OAI Meeting; it is not an
official estimate by the APS.

Stevan Harnad
Professor of Cognitive Science
Department of Electronics and phone: +44 23-80 592-582
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University of Southampton
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