GUIDE: Do-It-Yourself Journals

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Science  12 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5566, pp. 223
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5566.223b

So you're fed up with the high price of journals and want to start your own affordable online alternative. These days, a rebel needs a business plan more than a manifesto. This primer will lead you step by step through planning and launching a nonprofit electronic journal or database. It explains a skill alien to most scientists: how to craft a compelling business plan that will win over funders, administrators, and potential contributors. The guide is the work of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, whose goal is to “put scientists and scholars back in control of their intellectual property while simultaneously lowering the cost of publishing and distributing their work.”

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