Scientific Journals, Overlays and Repositories: A Case of Costs and Sustainability Issues

  • Panayiota Polydoratou
  • Martin Moyle
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5362)


Publishing scientific research is an area of study that attracts interest from various stakeholders such as publishers, academic and research staff, libraries and funders. In the past decade increased journal subscription fees prompted calls for cheaper and more efficient means of accessing the scientific literature. Factors such as the expansion of digital repositories, the introduction of open source journal management software, an increasing awareness within the scholarly community at large of the issues around open access, and an increasing readiness within the publishing community to experiment with new models, suggest that the circumstances may now be right for new models of scientific publishing to be explored, as well as potential business models and sustainable solutions around them. This paper explores some of the issues around the costs and sustainability of a prospective journal model known as the overlay journal. We present estimates of initial start up costs for such a model, discuss the factors that would influence scientists in deciding whether to publish in a journal overlaid onto a public repository; and report their views on the relative importance of different features and functions of a journal in terms of funding priorities.


Business Model Editorial Board Open Access Journal Digital Repository Publishing Model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panayiota Polydoratou
    • 1
  • Martin Moyle
    • 1
  1. 1.Library ServicesUniversity College LondonMalet PlaceUK

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