Publishers of subscription and open access scholarly content are facing downward pressures on pricing. Angela Cochran explores some of the hidden costs associated with a professional publishing operation and asks whether some of the tasks currently done by publishers should be absorbed elsewhere.
I am the Managing Director and Publisher at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). I have also served as the Journals Director and the Production Director at ASCE. I was Managing Editor of Cancer and Cancer Cytopathology at the American Cancer Society. I am the president-elect of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the past president of the Council of Science Editors. My views on The Scholarly Kitchen are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.