El Chronicle of Higher Educacion va publicar l’article Humanities Journals Cost Much More to Publish Than Science Periodicals però ha desaparegut misteriosament del seu web. El seu resum era On average, it cost nearly $10,000 to publish an article in a humanities or social-science journal in 2007, more than three times what it did to publish an article in a science, technical, or medical journal, a study found.
En un web que l’esmenta (Humanities, Social Science Publishing: Costs More Than Science–and We Need More Of It Too) hi he trobat un comentari sobre el seu contingut, que senzillament deia que publicar en revistes “de lletres” és molt més car que fer-ho en revistes “de ciències” debut a la feinamolt més gran de revisió i de cura de l’expressió escrita.
Segons aquest web,
Publishing in the humanities and social sciences costs more than publishing in the sciences. The electronic part of those costs are relatively minor. And we need more, not less, publishing in the humanities and social science fields. Acceptance rates in the humanities and social science journals is a scant 11 percent. In comparable journals in the sciences, the acceptance rate is 42%
Un altre web també esmenta l’article fantasma: The Cost of Peer Review and the Future of Scholarly Publishing. Veig que l’estudi es publicarà aviat i és fet per la National Humanities Alliance.
This report seems to have a couple of compelling findings: first, that the per-article cost of journal publishing in the humanities and social sciences is more than three times as much as in the science, technical, and medical (a.k.a. STM) fields, and second, that this increased cost is due in no small part to the increased selectivity of those journals. Where the STM journals under study (which seem to be primarily the official journals of learned societies) have an acceptance rate of around 42 percent, the humanities and social science journals publish about 11 percent of submissions. Journal articles in these fields also tend to be about 50% longer, meaning fewer articles per journal issue. The tighter pre-publication filtering needs of these journals results in an extremely heightened expense for peer review in humanities and social science journals, resulting in a per-published-article cost nearly four times that of STM journals. And given that, as the Howard article notes, the author-pays model of journal funding will never work in the humanities, where the vast majority of research is either self-funded or funded by the author’s home institution, something else has got to change if journal publishing is going to remain feasible.
Per cert, tot buscant l’article perdut al CHE m’he trobat amb l’article Diminishing Returns in Humanities Research. Està relacionat amb l’article perdut.