Determinants of the Cost of Scientific Publications

Scientific publications have been with us for decades, and their importance has never been in doubt. Scientists use this platform to share the results of their experiments, methodology used to arrive at the conclusions and suggest areas for further research. Upon these findings, other scientists review and evaluate the findings.

They may replicate the process to corroborate or dispute the findings. Through this back and forth process, the growth of scientific knowledge is promoted. The publication of results comes at a cost. In this blog, we discuss some factors that determine the cost of scientific publication;

Processing Cost

The process of coming up with a scientific publication is long and arduous. There is the cost of producing manuscript and submitting the same to referees who go through the document and suggest corrections. They return to sender for correction who, after making the adjustments, resends again. Additional costs at this level include the cost of typing, editing, graphics and proofreading.

Cost of Stationery

The second determinant is the cost of printing papers, binding and postage. This mostly covers hardcopy scientific publications. For publications that have embraced technology, this cost may be minimal. The use of the internet domains means that the scientific community share their findings online hence discarding the age-old paper. However, it may be worth to note that some publications use both methods to suit the demographics of the particular community.

Cost of Publishing Online

The cost of putting the publication online comes with costs such as inserting hyperlinks to data, creating search retrieval possibilities and supporting reader reviews and emails to the author. Other costs include internet indexing and enhancing personalised access mechanisms.

Cost of Publishing Support

The publication process involves a horde of staff mostly operating in the background. There are costs involved such as salaries and wages, courier/postage and utilities such as power bills, telephone costs and other key support services.