Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Is This Really Mean? Sheila Webber at Information Literacy Weblog posted this last week. She notes that Academic Exchange Quarterly is having a special issue on information literacy. She then ends by writing, "The downside of this journal for authors seems to be that, though it is peer-reviewed, authors don't get any sort of free copy of their article unless their library subscribes. Now that's what I call mean."

Mind you, my title at AEQ is Executive Editor but that stills make me stop and shake my head.

It is nice when a journal sends you a complimentary copy when you publish an article. But this is not always the case. I published an article last fall in Illinois Libraries. I was sent a link to an online version of the journal. I was not sent a paper copy of the journal. I published an article last year in Research Strategies. Elseiver did not send me a copy of the journal either. Are all of these publishers mean?

Further, AEQ is rather inexpensive. The no "free copy" results from journal's broader policy objectives. Academic Exchange Quarterly keeps annual subscription low, $156, and does not offer free author copy. Other journals like Cambridge Journal of Education keep annual subscription high, $509, and offer free author copy. Which policy is better for majority of educators? Which is better for library budgets?

Is AEQ mean for not giving free copies to authors? I think not.

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