Re: jobs and the review process

Al Billings (mimir@ILLUMINATI.IO.COM)
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 16:16:59 -0500

On Fri, 10 Jun 1994, wilkr wrote:

> But who makes money? Not the professors and not the Universities. The
> private companies that publish so many scientific journals, and who are
> out there helping them proliferate.
> Who ultimately pays? Why, taxpayers, students and faculty.
> We all pay for the priveledge of buying back from the publishers what we
> produce in the first place! And guess who owns the copywrite, and
> collects $$$ every time the paper is used in a course reading packet?
> Yikes! You get to buy it a FOURTH time. Why, my students have to pay
> Pergamon press $2 A pop to read something I WROTE that the University of
> California and the NSF paid to have researched!

Sounds like Professors and departments seem to form a number of
"publishing co-ops" and cut out the middle-man, the publishing company.
Why can't the Profs form their own journal through a couple of
departments and publish stuff themselves? It sounds like there would be a
market for it and with desktop publishing, it is pretty easy to put
jornals together (I should know as I have worked on small newspapers and
jornals that were started up in similar ways). Why let the publishers
have this stranglehold?