Model still needs money

May 15, 2014

Harvey Goldstein outlines an open access model for journal publishing that he claims is neither green nor gold (“Try DIY, not green or gold”, Opinion, 1 May). But, like all journals, the model has to be funded somehow, as it is by a society. A fee for non-members, however modest, for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (which Goldstein co-edits), is still a fee.

The main aim of the article seemed to be to undermine publishers’ profits. The UK publishing industry employs more than 1 million people worldwide. Profits mean jobs. Moreover, the publishing industry worldwide has served us well with sustainable models for print and online publishing. I searched Longitudinal and Life Course Studies online at www.llcsjournal.org and got “Bad Gateway. The proxy server received an invalid response from an upstream server.” I rest my case.

Roger Watson
Editor-in-chief, Journal of Advanced Nursing
Professor of nursing, University of Hull

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