### Math Journal Prices

We have a paradox situation: It never was so cheap, easy and
convenient to publish mathematics as it is today, thanks to Internet,
TeX, and computers, but mathematical publications never have been more
expensive than today.
Math departments suffer, because they cannot afford buying the
journals they used to buy. E.g., right now the famous Goettingen math
department decided to cancel all(!!) its mathematical journals, in
order to start over from scratch. But still, commercial publishers
raise their journal prices by a rate which is unseen in most other
economic areas.

Though it is possible to produce high ranked journals for as little
as 15 US Cents/page or less (Annals of Mathematics, Documenta
Mathematica) and to broadcast them for free on the Internet, there are
journals charging 4 US Dollars and more per page!

If you want to find out about that, please look at the tables on
http://www.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de/~rehmann/BIB/AMS/Price_per_Page.html

Based on data collected by the AMS over many years, I have set up a
collection of tables showing you the prices per volume and per page
for 276 math journals. Here you can easily figure out which journal
has the highest inflation rate over the years. In fact there are quite
a few journals who have had an average inflation rate of 14 percent
and more >>each year<< over a period of eight years or more! 40
journals charge more than one US Dollar per page!

Scientists are writing the content, scientists have developed and are
maintaining the tools (like TeX) to format the content, and provide
printer-ready work, do the peer review for free, give it for free to
the publishers, and then buy it back from them for an incredible
amount of money.

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Please don't do that anymore! Create change! Give science back to the
scientists!
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If you want to know how to do that: Publish in journals which are
affordable - I have mentioned a few, and there are more. Tell your
library to only maintain those.

If you are an editor, look at the SPARC publications:
http://www.arl.org/sparc, for example at their brochure "Gaining
Independence", a "Manual for Planning the Launch of a Nonprofit
Electronic Publishing Venture", which tells you and your fellow
editors what to do in order to make your journal independent!

November 2003,
Ulf Rehmann (Bielefeld, Germany).

rehmann@mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de