About Archaeology Journal Publishing II

Posted on May 20, 2011


In the last post I discussed what these posts under the title About Archaeology Journal Publishing were about and broke down of the average cost of archaeology journals for both individuals and organizations. This post will look at how different publishers affect the price of journals.

Quick recap-  the average archaeology journal costs £131.18/$215.04/€ 149.06 for an institute and £50.88/$83.41/€ 57.82 for an individual. ($=.61£ €=.88£) or  £0.50 / $0.82 / € 0.57 per page for an institute and £0.23 / $0.37 / € 0.26 per page for an individual.

Examining this further we can split the journal costs by the publisher. On one hand we have commercial publishers: AltaMira Press, Baywood, Brepols Publishers, Brill, Cambridge Journals, Edinburgh University Press, Elsevier, Equinox Publishing Ltd, Left Coast Press, Maney, Oceania Publications, Oxbowbooks, Sage, Springer, Taylor & Francis  Ltd., University of Hawaii Press, University of Texas Press, Wiley-Blackwell. (representing 67 journals)

The other group of publishers being archaeology societies, departments, not-for-profits, and individuals. (representing 122 journals) The gap between these groups are quite large.

For non-commerical publishers the average journal costs

  • £45.54 / $74.66 / € 51.75 for an institute
  • £30.84 / $50.55 / € 35.04 for an individual

For a commercial publisher the average journal costs

  • £287.11 / $470.67 / € 326.26 for an institute
  • £87.39 / $143.26 / € 99.30  for an individual

That is an increase of 630% for institutes between commercial and non-commercial publishers. Though to be fair it is actually £0.77/ $1.26 / € 0.87 per page for commercial (average of 65 journals) and £0.23 / $0.38 / € 0.26 for non-commercial (avg. of 66 journals) publications for institutes. Still a difference of 332%.

Of course one could pay more for quality and that could explain the difference in price. This brings up the question, are these commercial publishers offering higher quality for a higher price? This will be examined in a few posts from now but first the next post will deal with- not all commercial publications are created equal.

Any comments are appreciated

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