The Economics of Journal Publishing


Case study: Ecology

Prices and publishers

Who publishes the top tier?

Cumulative plots

Estimating circulation

Journal numbers over time

Comparing other fields

Prices and publishers across disciplines

Cumulative plots across disciplines

Top science journals


Economics of ecology journals

Will open access be able to compete?

Costs and benefits of site licenses

Electronic subscriptions: A boon for whom?

Value and price by journal

Contact Information

Carl T. Bergstrom

Department of Biology
University of Washington
Box 351800
Seattle, WA 98195-1800

Ecology journals: new journal formation

We have seen that most for-profit journals are substantially more expensive per page than are their non-profit competitors. Over the past decades, both the absolute number of for-profit journals published, and the relative contribution of these journals to the whole of the ecology literature, has increased dramatically.

[ Number of ecology journals, by year and publisher type ]

This figure suggests that while the volume of the ecology literature being published has increased at ever-accelerating rates, the non-profit literature has experienced only moderate increases. Thus not only have subscription prices soared over the past two decades, but also library collections have become increasingly weighted toward more-expensive for-profit journals.

Why has this happened? We will address this question in a later section. First, however, we will compare the trends observed in ecology to those observed in several other fields.

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