[INDOLOGY] New journal: "South Asian Intellectual History"

Audrey Truschke audrey.truschke at gmail.com
Fri Aug 25 11:59:37 EDT 2017


Dear Colleagues,

I know it's been a while for this discussion, but I did some digging this
morning and thought that others might be interested in Brill's profit
margins and how they brag about increased revenue from academic journals in
recent years. A few highlights:

Brill had a "sharp increase of profit" from 2015 to 2016 (here
<http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/brill_press_release_egm.pdf>),
followed by another increase in 2017 (here
<http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/press_release_brill_hyresults_2017.pdf>
)


>From 2015 to 2016, Brill acquired more journals, and "journal revenue grew
by 5%" (here
<http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/brill_key-figures_2016_eng.pdf>).

In their 2017 Half Year Report, Brill named two specific journals among
their acquisitions, saying "It is expected that the [two] journals will
contribute to the revenue and profit in 2017" (here
<http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/brill_hy_report_2017.pdf>).
Perhaps SAIH will merit a mention in the end of year report?


For more about investor relations and the financial health of Brill, see
here <http://www.brill.com/resources/corporate/investor-relations>.

Audrey

Audrey Truschke
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Rutgers University-Newark

On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 2:43 PM, Dominik Wujastyk via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Thank you, Andrew.
>
> On 9 July 2017 at 20:09, Andrew Ollett <andrew.ollett at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Gladly:
>>
>> 2.  http://www.brill.com/brill-open-0.  Brill also allows for proofs
>> (not the final publication) to be uploaded on academia.edu.
>> 3.  No processing fee.
>>
>
> ​One would never expect to pay a processing fee except if the article​ is
> being published OA.  And in that case, yes, Brill charges about €2000 per
> article for CC-BY.  See the pricing charts here
> <http://www.brill.com/about/open-access/brill-open-authors>.
>
> A related question is whether, having paid this fee, the author retains
> copyright and issues the CC-BY license, or whether Brill takes the
> copyright and the author's money, and they issue the CC-BY license.  The
> latter is the case with this journal.
>
>
>
>> 4.  Yes, Brill owns the right, but permissions for reprint are rather
>> easily granted:  http://www.brill.com/about/policies/rights-permissions
>>
>
> ​I balk at asking permission to photocopy my own articles.  It's just not
> right.  A more equitable situation is for the author to retain copyright
> and issue to the publisher a license for them to do specifically what they
> wish.  See some sample licenses and information here
> <https://cikitsa.blogspot.co.at/2012/01/copyright-and-open-access.html>.
>
> In the past, I have written to Brill saying "no" they can't have my
> copyright, but that I'm willing to issue them a license.  And to my
> surprise, they said yes immediately, and sent me a ready-printed license
> agreement.  The terms weren't great, but at least they knew what I was
> talking about and were prepared to let me keep copyright of my own work.
>
>
> Sadly, because of the above issues, I personally do not find this new
> journal offers authors a modern, fair deal.  It's obviously an exciting and
> intellectually valuable initiative.  But it is a great pity the founding
> editors did not press Brill harder to offer authors a more liberal deal
> that respected their rights.
>
> Best,
>
> Dominik
>
> --
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> ​ |​
> ​ ​
> Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polit
> ​y | ​
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> <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>, ​University of Alberta, Canada
> ​ |​
>>> ualberta.Academia.edu/DominikWujastyk
>> | ​
>
>
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> University of Alberta, Canada
>
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