[Air-l] Vanity Publishing

Charlie Balch charlie at balch.org
Sun Dec 17 18:33:51 PST 2006


While this thread reminds of some of the evils of the academic publish or perish environment, there are times when it makes sense to pay to publish. I can't recall if it has been brought up before in AOIR but the publishing world is changing.

Grant recipients are often required to publish via online venues that have free pubic access. Most journals are for profit and the profit has to come from somewhere.

There are times when it makes sense to print only a few copies of a book. Thus, I've also been very interested in short run publishing advances such as exemplified by http://lulu.com. 

More to the point, given our easily searched world, Wikis and the like, blogs, to what extent are peer reviewed journals relevant? I'm not trolling (or at least not much) with this question. Journals are a relatively recent academic phenomena that occurred as result of changes in the publishing industry. Perhaps the changes in publishing associated with the Internet will also bring about change? 

My focus is on how technology can enhance the learning environment. Much of what I read in scholarly journals is either very old news or a restatement of a theory with new buzz words.

Charlie Balch
In Dissertation Hell
Disclaimer: While I created an online journal (http://jelt.org) website just to see what the mechanics would be like, the journal has not been advertised. I have no affiliation with lulu.com. 

-----Original Message-----
From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org [mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Caroline Haythornthwaite
Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 11:26 AM
To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: Re: [Air-l] journal?

Just say No -- unless they are paying handsomely -- see this from their website ... 

"If the paper is accepted  .... The publication and distribution fee of €500 for a paper of up to 6 pages. For each page after 6, €100 per page (the longest paper can have 10 pages)."


/C

---- Original message ----
>Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 17:07:27 +0100
>From: Charles Ess <cmess at drury.edu>  
>Subject: [Air-l] journal?  
>To: "air-l at listserv.aoir.org" <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
>
>Colleagues,
>
>I've been contacted by a younger scholar who has been asked to referee a
>paper for a journal called "Transactions on Internet Research."
>
>Suspicions are raised, however - see their website:
>http://www.internetjournals.net
>
>The journal is affiliated with the (in)famous IPSE conferences, and includes
>author fees of more than 400  EURO.
>
>The younger scholar notes warnings about this journal in the blogosphere as
>well -
>
>any additional thoughts, questions, comments - beginning with: I assume the
>best advice to the younger colleague is to stay away?
>
>cordially,
>- charles
>
>Distinguished Research Professor,
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