How ESA can give free WWW access
to all its articles
n years after publication
E-Mail to Electronic Publication Implementation Committee (EPIC), Entomological Society of America (ESA). [edited]
Thomas J. Walker, 24 July 1997
I agree that EPIC should not fret about the GB limiting access to ESA e-reprints. Instead EPIC should learn from what has transpired thus far and move forward. Therefore lets consider other ways for ESA to provide new e-publication services without risking its revenue flow. When EPIC identifies a candidate service, ESA staff should analyze the fiscal implications. If their analysis is favorable, EPIC should prepare a formal recommendation for the Publications Council and the Governing Board to act on in December.
The rest of this message outlines a new service that ESA might provide. Lets discuss it via EPICs listserv and vote whether to pursue it further.
Make all articles published in ESA journals freely accessible on WWW n years after publication; n should be as low as possible without threatening current subscriptions.
(1) Make PDF files of all articles at the time the original articles
(2) Archive all PDF files and their source files.
How would it be paid for?
Profits from e-reprints exceed profits from traditional reprints by about $8.50 per page. [Staff need to update or verify this estimate.] If ESA sells e-reprints of 20% of its articles, the additional revenue will be at least $10,200.
[At least, because whenever authors buy both types of reprints, the per page profit of paper reprints (ca. $9.16) need not be deducted from the per page profit of e-reprints (ca. $17.63) to calculate the additional revenue generated by e-reprints.]
What are the benefits?
(1) ESA would be providing a valuable new service to entomology and to ESA members and authors.
(4) If n were 2, it could be called ESAs millennium project.
(1) ESA would lose royalty income.
(2) Sales of e-reprints will be reduced.
(3) ESA staff is too busy with new e-publication projects to take on another.
(4) Libraries will stop binding ESA journals, and may discard issues after n years.
(5) It has not been done before.