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Publishing Fees in Academia.

One of the authors reviewed available literature and analyzed issues dealing with publishing in academia with limited resources (Snell et. al 1976, Snell et. al. 1994.) One of the problems or opportunities now associated with publishing in higher education is the cost. Numerous high quality journals have discovered that to survive with diminishing resources, they must ask the author or authors to help pay for the printing and distribution of the article. Funds from the authors can not alone support the publication. Because they are not mass marketed, do not have major advertisers or associations to support them, expenses must be shared with the writers.

It is not uncommon, for college and universities to pay for publishing costs.(*)

These costs include pagination fees, manuscript reviewer fees, subscription costs, and mandatory membership if an association is in part sponsoring the journal.(**)

A selected list that has some form of publishing fee includes the following:

American Sociological Review, American Economic Review, Americas Review, Economica, Psychological Reports, Psychological Bulletin, Psychology: Journal of Human Behavior, Education, Journal of Instructional Psychology, Reading Improvement, College Student Journal, Sociological Abstracts, the late Southern Journal of Educational Research, Peace Research Abstracts, Peace Research, the late College Student Survey, Community College Social Science Survey, International Journal of Management, International Biographical Association Newsletter, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, American Ethnologist, Journal of Dairy Sciences, Journal of Integral Equations and Mathematics, Michigan Mathematical Journal, The Rocky. Mountain Journal of Mathematics, Pacific Journal of Mathematics, BIT-Numerical Mathematics, Algebras, Groups and Geometries, Illinois Journal of Mathematics, Indiana Journal of Mathematics, International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, American Statistician, Annals of Applied Probability, Annals of Probability, Annals of Statistics, Canadian Journal of Statistics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of American Chemical Society, Canadian Journal of Plant Science, American Midland Naturalist, Biochemistry, Journal of Electrochemical Society, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Physics, Macromolecules, Journal of Environmental Quality, Journal of Optical Society of America, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, Physical Review, Space Science Reviews, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Institute of Electrial and Electronic Engineers Transactions on Plasma Science, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Journal of Applied Sciences, The RAND Journal of Economics, The Review of Financial Studies, Review of Financial Economics, Southern Business and Economics Journal, Public Finance Review, Quarterly Journal of Business and Economics, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, Jornal of Accounting Literature, Journal of Accounting Research Journal of Busines, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Financial and Quanatative Analysis, Decision Sciences, American Economic Review, The Accounting Review, Auditing, The World Economy, Teaching Politics, Tokyo Journal of Mathmatics, Scandanavian Journal of Economics, Journal of Sonsumer Affairs, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Economtrics, Economica.

Conclusion It would appear that publishing fees will remain part of the future in academia.

(*) The authors' school pays pagination fees every other year, once per annum.

(**) Fees may be covered in grants that are funded from outside of academia, but the results of the research from the grant are intended for publication in journals that have a small but important population of educational and professional readers. Additionally, individuals who give papers at conferences where expenses can no longer be covered by their host academic institutions, must be considered part of publishing costs. Special note: the Journal of Economics and Sociology go out of their way to indicate that fees are not charged to the writer. It would appear that publishing fees are becoming more common.

References

Snell, Joel C, Webb, Vicent, Hoffman, Dennis and Bill Wakefield "The College Student Teacher In Hard Times: Junior Faculty In A New Age of Scarcity" College Student Journal, 19(3), Fall, 1976, 245-252.

Snell, Joel C, Tesar, Dan and Saul Mekies "Writing and Publishing at the Community College: An Editorial Essay" Education, 114(3), Spring 1994, 445-446.

Dr. Joel C. Snell, Dr. Claire E. Noble, and Dr. Saul Mekies, Faculty, Kirkwood College, Cedar Rapids.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Dr. Joel C. Snell, Social Studies, Kirkwood College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068.
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