RE: [Histonet] online journals

From:"Smith, Allen"

A page charge to authors means that a paper is published or not according to
whether or not the author can afford to publish.  That's a rather poor way
to referee science.
A charge for subscription or download means that a paper is read only if
enough people feel it is worth the cost of butying it.  That's very
mercenary, but it does give some indication of the value of the paper.
Currently, publishers are very foolish about download fees.  $25 to $30 a
paper is unaffordable.  At that price, I download about 1 paper a year.
Thus, if my library doesn't have the journal, I won't cite the paper.  If
download fees were $5 paper, I'd probably download around 10 papers a year
and the publishers' revenue would double.

Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy
Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences
    Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Miami Shores, Florida  33161

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Malcolm
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:11 PM
Subject: [Histonet] online journals

Which of the below three options do you think is best regarding a journal
with both print and online versions????
1) Journal is open access, the publisher will charge page charges to
2) No page charges (except color plates), but the publisher charges download
fees and only the abstracts are open access.  
3) Page charges are optional for the author, if the author pays the entire
article is open access, if not then only the abstract will be accessible
without paying a download fee.  
In case someone is unaware, If an article is entirely open access then
anyone can read it or download it online.  IF only the abstract is available
then you can read the abstract online, but must pay a fee to download the
entire article.
Thanks for the feedback, its actually very important!
Malcolm L. McCallum
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas A&M University Texarkana
2600 Robison Rd.
Texarkana, TX 75501
O: 1-903-233-3134
H: 1-903-791-3843
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