- It wasn't quite a vote- it was YES if you thought there should be a free online CG journal AND you were strongly committed to it (I suppose willing to be editor or author). NO if you thought it was a bad idea, or NO BUT SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD (a good idea but you are not commited to it). I am so far removed from the community that I couldn't even vote NO BUT. (I will browse through ***SORELLE***'s Comp Geom Proceedings. The probability that I find an article I care about is 1/3--- every third year there is some article on Geometric Ramsey Theory.)
- Reading the post and talking to ***SORELLE*** my impression is that the poster and ***SORELLE*** think running an online journal costs $0.00. The reasoning goes that authors, referees, editors, all work for free. If the authors do their own typesetting and there is no print version then the cost should be $0.00. Is this true?
- A while back Elsevier had the editoiral board of Information and Computation (which I was on) meet in Boston to discuss the journal. From what they said I honestly believe that running a journal does cost money. How much is a fair question, but it does cost something. Running the computers where its all stored, maintaing stuff, does cost money. But I am not an expert on these things and I would like a commenter who is to comment on this.
- One obvious cost---Elsevier paid for our flights, hotel, and dinner at a really good resturant.
- There are three free on-line journals in math/tcs that I know of Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, Theory of Computing, and Chicago Journal of Theoretical Computer Science. If someone knows how they are doing, do they cost money to run, and if so how they get it, please comment. Also, are there others? How are they doing? Do they need money? Where does it come from?
- One advantage of an online journal, which Electronic Journal of Combinatorics has, is dynamic survey articles. That is, these are survey's that are updated over time. (My favorite: Ramsey Theory Applications. And no, I didn't write it.)
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
How much does it cost to produce an online Journal? Do I hear $0.00?
***SORELLE***'s post pointed me to a post on Dense Outliers that suggests a free online Comp Geom Journal. The post wanted people to vote on whether this is a good idea.