Re: Further precisions on the Finnish situation

From: Andrew A. Adams <a.a.adams_at_READING.AC.UK>
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2005 13:55:08 +0100

> From: Arthur Sale <ahjs_at_OZEMAIL.COM.AU>
> My conclusion is that in Finland there may be no journals subsidized by
> public funds, any more than any university or professional society
> anywhere
> in the world provides unpaid help to the scholarly publishing process.

My interpretation of what you meant to say here may be at fault, but my
reading of your statement here is that no university or scholarly society
subsidizes scholarly publishing. That is just patently untrue. I give two
counter examples to this claim (sorry if I misread your intent).

A Professor in my department is the principal editor of the International
Computer Vision Journal. The time he spends on this is significant and the
journal does not pay for his time, nor that of the secretary who does a
significant amount of purely administrative support for this. This is a
subsidy that my University provides to the scholarly publishing process. Now,
it increases our prestige, but there is no direct financial return for the
University on this.

The London Mathematical Society has a (currntly OA) journal, the Journal of
Computation and Mathematics which is both free to publish in and free to
access. The society pays the executive editor's salary and funds the hosting.

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