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Does anyone know why JSTOR fees are so expensive?

"You are not currently authorized to access this article. Login to JSTOR

This article is available for purchase from the publisher for $12.00 USD.

* Civic Aqueducts in Britain
* G. R. Stephens
* Britannia, Vol. 16, (1985), pp. 197-208 (article consists of 12 pages)
* Published by: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
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That is $1.00 a page. The cost would make sense if they had to send you a hard copy by mail.

JSTOR says it is non-profit. Could it be that expensive for a server and storage space etc that they have to charge that much.
They have to pay the publishers holding the copyrights. There's the cost.
Quote:They have to pay the publishers holding the copyrights. There's the cost.
... although it is generally recognized that the publishing houses are charging too much. Of course they must make a decent profit to continue their company's activities, but the EU is now preparing measures that scientific and scholarly publications are not to be under embargo forever. It must be freely accessible online after about a year. However, the EU is taking its time, and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is now asking people to sign a petition: [url:2c4mzuhm]http://www.ec-petition.eu/[/url]
But I wonder whether publishers make their real money in the humanities. I bet it's law and medicine where circulation is likely to be much higher. You have to wonder what such an EU directive will do to the plethora of historical journals and books.
Nevertheless, it is certainly a strange mode of operations that allows commercial publishers to make money over the heads (twice) of taxpayers.
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Jasper Oorthuys:hcs61zjl Wrote:They have to pay the publishers holding the copyrights. There's the cost.
... although it is generally recognized that the publishing houses are charging too much. Of course they must make a decent profit to continue their company's activities, but the EU is now preparing measures that scientific and scholarly publications are not to be under embargo forever. It must be freely accessible online after about a year. However, the EU is taking its time, and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is now asking people to sign a petition: [url:hcs61zjl]http://www.ec-petition.eu/[/url]

Hi Jona,

thanks for posting the link. I didn't know such petition existed and having seen its been almost a year ago, since they started it, I wonder why only 27.000 people signed.

I just signed and will email my fellow students to sign as well.
By the way, why is this post in the Roman Military History & Archaeology section?
Well, I know some college/universities give students free access to JSTOR, I never was aware of those costs.
Quote:By the way, why is this post in the Roman Military History & Archeology section?

I thought it appropriate as it concerns access to Roman Military History & Archeology information.
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Caesar Augustus:3lxo54lr Wrote:By the way, why is this post in the Roman Military History & Archeology section?

I thought it appropriate as it concerns access to Roman Military History & Archeology information.
IMHO, there ought to be a subforum where we can discuss scholarship itself, the political (ab)use of history, the border zone between scholarship and religion (is David's kingdom legend or history?), and the financial aspects of scholarship (like JSTOR).
Definitely. 10/10
Hmmmm,
......I tried to sign the petition. They wouldn't accept it. :?: They wanted to fill in my "position", ----- which I saw unfit to fill out. Cry (Wottzeymeen ?? "On top" ? "Right in the middle" ? or does it require to fill in "Rightless amateurisch vermin" ---- or like that ? :oops: )
No wonder they have only 27000 signups yet. I fact they may have organized this in a manner so that they keep out the "Interested Public". Idea
(Oops , me drifting into "modern politics" again ?? :? roll: ! Where is the new Mod ---- business awaiting ? :wink: )
Greez

Siggi K.
The solution to JSTOR access is find somebody who has it and ask very nicely ...

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I've tried that method and it really works... Tongue

Aitor
Speaking of "that method", ... did you get my e-mail on Monday, John?! :wink: :wink:

antiochus

Quote:The solution to JSTOR access is find somebody who has it and ask very nicely ...

8)

Funny you should say that. I just received an off-line posting, requesting in a very nice manner, for a particuar Jastor article.
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