Some People Snub their Noses at Print On Demand…

But evidently they don’t realize (or care to realize) that some publishers, like Sage for example, actually charge scholars to publish-

Get to know SAGE Open, SAGE’s new open-access publication of peer-reviewed, original research and review articles, spanning the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities. More than 550 manuscripts have already been submitted since January 1, 2011. Explore SAGE Open today at  Submit today and take advantage of the introductory author acceptance fee of $195 (discounted from the regular price $695)—you pay only if your submission is accepted.

That’s right- if you want Sage Open to publish your piece you only have to pay $195 as an ‘acceptance fee’ (marked down from their regular $695!) so that you can feel superior to those who are smarter than yourself and don’t pay for someone else to make money from them after making money from them!

Tell ya what, you can keep your vaunted ‘peer review’ which costs you $200 roughly and I’ll just let good friends who are leading academics look over my stuff and clean up things I’ve overlooked and go ahead letting my editors publish via print on demand.  Because, let’s face it, if you have to PAY someone to publish your stuff, it’s probably not worth reading anyway.

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5 thoughts on “Some People Snub their Noses at Print On Demand…

  1. doug 30 Sep 2011 at 7:47 pm

    i think your model is better.


  2. Steve Caruso 30 Sep 2011 at 9:21 pm

    The model is that someone somewhere has to pay… and pay hard! Either $100+/year for a subscription to a single journal (with journal aggregators like JSTOR raking in millions from institutions) or someone needs to fork over $700 to get into a “free” journal.

    It’s no wonder why it’s known as the Serials *Crisis*. 😛

    In that light, PoD isn’t a bad solution.



  3. Tim Bulkeley 30 Sep 2011 at 11:35 pm

    The only trouble with Jim’s model is for people trapped in the “academic system” who need to convince tenure committees, performance based research funding or other evaluation exercises etc. of the “value” of their work… such poor peons (a large majority of everyone publishing scholarly work) need some system like peer review and/or “reputable” publishers… maybe we need more scholarly collectives like the old JSOT Press before it went all establishment…


  4. Esteban Vázquez 1 Oct 2011 at 3:31 pm

    What would happen to peer review if there were no peers to review publications that would only make money for academic publishers? O sweet, sweet revolution!

    Anyway, I think it would be fantastic if an independent committee of scholars could be formed that would peer-review manuscripts that would later become available through print-on-demand.


  5. Tim Bulkeley 3 Oct 2011 at 12:21 am

    Oh, yes! Stop working for nothing for the off-rippers, start working for the free distribution of knowledge I like it 🙂


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