Annual Reports — What Do They Actually Tell Us? | The Scholarly Kitchen

lkfitz's bookmarks 2016-09-07


"The math on publishing costs in the eLife annual report is questionable, with some capital expenditures held out as non-publishing expenses despite their clear relevance to a long-term technology publishing plan. In fact, this bit of financial contortion removes 22% of their expenditures, which suppresses their per-article charge calculations by a similar amount. For example, the calculations without the capital expenditure for 2015 come out to about US$4,700 per article. But, with the capital expenditure factored back into the overall expenses, the per-article publishing cost rises to US$5,500.

Factoring in the work space, overheads, and capital expenditures, and the eLife cost-per-article goes from US$4,700 to roughly US$6,380. And we’re still not sure that we’ve seen all their expenses."


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Tags: oa.reports oa.plos oa.economics_of oa.publishers oa.up oa.costs oa.elife oa.fees oa.business_models oa.journals

Date tagged:

09/07/2016, 10:46

Date published:

09/07/2016, 06:46