Re: Journal expenses and publication costs

From: Manfredi La Manna <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 22:11:30 +0000

The one-size-fits-all syndrome strikes again. Scientific disciplines
are vastly different in terms of all the relevant variables here,
such as rejection rates, turnaround times, editorial structures, etc. I
understand that BMC's figure of $500 article-processing-charge (APC) per
published article is based on an average rejection rate of 50%. The same
ratio applied to a top economics journal (with a rejection rate of 95%)
would yield a prohibitive $5,000 APC.

If we are going to have a serious discussion about peer-review costs we
have to move away from meaningless averages and determine instead the
significant variables, so that consensus can be achieved on a pricing
**formula** for peer review.

Notice also that peer review costs can also be used to change the quality
and speed of peer review (which means that even an average peer-review
pricing formula may be difficult to calculate).

Manfredi La Manna

Dr Manfredi M.A. La Manna
Reader in Economics
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Scotland, UK
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