On the costs of scientific publishing

In a new editorial, Journal of Biological Chemistry Editor-in-Chief Lila M. Gierasch discusses the costs of scientific publishing and solicits feedback from the community.

Excerpt: "Any financial revenue from publishing JBC is poured back into either journal improvements or the activities of the ASBMB, which are in turn deemed by scientists to be important ways to spend funds to improve the scientific landscape broadly (public policy, annual meeting, education, travel stipends, etc.). We are proud of this synergistic relationship and the non-profit publication model it embodies. Nonetheless, we feel that it is incumbent on us as the editorial leadership of JBC to communicate to our authors and readers about what the marketing world calls 'the value proposition' for our journal."

Read the entire editorial.