For mathematics and physics and other fields in which people willing to submit in LaTeX file format, relatively easy- no typesetting needed and I assume academics can handle everything themselves, with the help of something like Open Journal Systems. For other fields, publishing process more expensive and options are narrower. More work required per manuscript. Need to know who are reasonable, low-cost publishers where author-fee open access is not feasible.
With the uproar regarding Elsevier etc., some Elsevier journal academic editors may want to decamp and start a journal that is open-access, or at least not published by Elsevier. Where is best to learn about Open Journal Systems, other options, costs, editing, maintenance time- so that can estimate whether it's feasible?
Lots of information here, it seems: http://www.openoasis.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=358&Itemid=263
For earlier examples of journal editors resigning from an established non-OA journal to form a new OA journal, see the Open Access Directory list of journal declarations of independence.
Thanksfor that excellent list and that's the closest info resource I've seen to what is needed- Ideally a web page might provide 3 or 4 examples of different publisher subscription fee/service combinations that will allow an Elsevier editorial board member to quickly gain confidence that switching from Elsevier to someone better is practical and not too difficulty. I'm worried that without that, they may be overwhelmed by all the info about open access and such and give up. Need some succinct suggestions / briefings directed. A how-to of decamping from your current publisher with a FAQ.
Hi Alex. See the Open Access Directory list of OA journal business models.
I've also heard Scholastica and Annotum mentioned as tools worth checking out.is the one to talk to about Annotum.
I highly recommend this blog by Jason Jackson, anthropology prof. at Indiana - esp. this post: http://jasonbairdjackson.com/2009/10/12/getting-yourself-out-of-the-business-in-five-easy-steps/ - Getting Yourself Out of the Business in Five Easy Steps - and for those in the field of anthropology, Jason is a great go-to person for finding out about open projects, such as Open Folklore: http://openfolklore.org/
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