In article <rc8hcv$1m2v$1...@gioia.aioe.org
>, "Phillip Helbig (undress to
> Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has charged authors
> nothing; costs are covered (and more, as the commercial publisher makes
> a profit and also other RAS activities are subsidized) by subscriptions.
> There is a rumour that this will change soon. Has anyone here heard
> anything similar? If so, is there some sort of source one can check
> with, as opposed to just another rumour report?
> [[Mod. note -- A related note -- MNRAS has also discontinued their print
That makes the rumour---if true---to start charging authors even more
bizarre, since presumably going online-only is to cut costs.
> -- they now publish only an online edition.
I think that there are still a few more paper issues to come, but the
writing is on the wall (or, now that physical libraries are being
decommissioned, floating around on the internet).
> But their subscription
> prices for libraries remain very high (> US$10K/year).
True, but one needs to compare them with other subscription-only
journals (of similar quality and overall size, of course) and not those
with lower subscription prices but which levy page charges as well (and
many have for a long time, even before the concept of open access or
even online journals existed, the latter tending to use the term
"article-processing fee", but I see no substantial difference from page
> -- jt]]
Yes, that is the source of the rumour. :-|