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Re: "Open Access" at Cambridge University Press
Philip, it sounds as though you are missing it.
The charge is to make the article freely available to others, via the web.
Instead of you have to pay a steep fee or can only access it through a
library with a subscription.
It doesn't cost much to convert something in doc format to pdf - I have
programs that can do it, adn some of them cost $7.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Phillip Bigelow" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 5:31 AM
Subject: Re: "Open Access" at Cambridge University Press
What a scam!
If the author DOESN'T want to pay for the "Open Access" option, the
author STILL gets their manuscript published for free. The cost of
peer-review, copy-editing and typesetting are all absorbed by Cambridge
Furthermore, most manuscripts are now submitted electronically.
Therefore, the cost to Cambridge University Press to transfer the article
into PDF format is essentially zero. A dude does some pointing and
clicking with a mouse for about 3 minutes, and the PDF is ready.
So, in essence, the $2700 fee for the "Open Access" option is to offset
the cost of the storage space for the author's PDF??? Oh I don't think
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