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By Gerard Boismenu, Guylaine Beaudry

The realm of scholarly & not-for-profit publishing is dealing with many demanding situations firstly of the twenty-first century, from technical & organisational components to winning social & monetary stipulations. If scholarly journals, specifically, are to outlive, the publishers of those journals are going to need to make dramatic alterations to the methods they carry & distribute them. paintings is already underway at a few collage presses who've built artistic options to beat those demanding situations in generating print journals. those early innovators symbolize a chance for all publishers to construct at the benefits of e- publishing & potentially succeed in even better audiences. This paintings demystifies the present country of scholarly magazine publishing in addition to providing a glimpse of wish for journals within the electronic international. it is going to charm not just to scholars & researchers, yet to someone who has an curiosity sooner or later of publishing.

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In general, in terms of subscription costs, the pricing scale of small journals is entirely different than for major journals (and even more so for journals produced by large commercial groups). All publishers combined, a subscription to a Canadian journal in the sciences costs an average of US$175 and in the social sciences, US$40. In France, the average price of a journal in the humanities and social sciences is US$55. The subscription prices (see Table 2) for dominant journals in the humanities and social sciences range from US$118 to US$125 from nonprofit publishers and US$358 from commercial publishers.

The cost of journals from non-profit publishers is evidently much more modest, given their impact. 36 The data also reveal that journals from commercial publishers are not positioned more advantageously than their non-profit competitors in the eight fields examined for the same time period. N O N - P R O F I T P UBL I S HE R S The distinctions between publishers’ practices help give a more detailed view of the position of publishers based on increased costs and the inflationary spiral that is undermining access to scientific information.

The main issue for authors is to weigh the choice of vehicle for disseminating research results and how to reach the target audience most effectively. Young researchers proceed the same way, readily giving preference to “international” organs of distribution. At the same time, authors from other countries are frequently read in national journals. The qualifier “national” to describe a journal is inadequate. The interest many journal editors show in new information technology is fairly revealing of the expectations they have JOURNALS: FIELDS, PLAYERS and PRACTICES · 27 · for their journal.

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