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Publishing Trends in Social Sciences

“The Future of Scholarly Journals Publishing among Social Science and Humanities Associations,” is available for download here

Humanities and Social Sciences Journal cost study reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education July 2009

Summary from LibLicense:

"A detailed study of the economics of journal publishing in eight large learned societies (four humanities, four social sciences) is reporting that per-article costs for the flagship journals of those societies (including e.g. PMLA and the American Historical Review) are substantially higher than for science/technical/medical journals.  The National Humanities Alliance requested the study, which had funding from the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation."  Average total cost/article in study was $9,994.00, compared to $2670.00 for STM articles.

Income Models for Supporting Open Access  Overview of various business models that support broader access to peer reviewed scholarly and scientific journals. Authored by Raym Crow, web site supported by SPARC

Open Access Publication Funding

Dartmouth College joined the Compact on Open Access Publishing, and supports the publication fees for open access journals that qualify for the funding.

See the Dartmouth Policy for Open Access Publication Equity Funding for details and the form to use for requesting publication fee support. 

To find Open Access Journals, explore the Directory of Open Access Journals by title or by subject area. Some scholarly organizations have their own lists of OA journals.

Keeping up with the journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature for all facets of Communication? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's you can download and read the articles you want.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's now available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.