Proceedings of ICSU Press Workshop


Economics, real costs and benefits of electronic publishing in science - a technical study.

Keble College, University of Oxford UK
31 March to 2 April 1998

Monday 30 March 1998

2.00 pm onwards Overseas participants arrive, check in and collect keys from Keble College Porters' Lodge
2.00 pm to 5.45pm Registration in ARCO Building (Arthur Crane Room)
6.30 pm to 8.30pm Welcome buffet-reception hosted by ICSU Press in Griffiths Room

Tuesday 31 March 1998

8.00 am Breakfast in Dining Hall
8.45 am onwards Registration of non-resident participants
9.30 am Coffee served in Jean Robinson Room and others
10.00 am Introduction to Workshop - Objectives and methodology - Roger Elliott, Chairman of ICSU Press (Griffiths Room)
10.30 am to 12.45 pm Session 1: Benefits (and disadvantages) of Electronic Publishing in Science


Dennis Shaw


A.F.Spilhaus Jr. - "Values, limits and progress"
Fytton Rowland - the librarians viewpoint
(11.20 am Comfort break)
William Mischo - view of an archivist
Anant Parekh - view of a scientist-author
Bernard Donovan - "The truth about peer review"
1.00 pm Luncheon in Keble College Dining Hall
2.15 pm to 3.45 pm Session 2: Economic Factors and costs analyses of online access to primary scientific research


John Rodda


Donald King - "An economic costs model of scientific scholarly publishing"
John Scott - "The Perils of Oversimplification: What are the Real Costs of Online Journals?"
Owen Hanson & Robert O’Shea - "The hidden costs of electronic publishing"
3.45 pm Tea break
4.15 pm to 5.45 pm Session 2 continued:


Gary VandenBos "Economic costs of an all-electronic journal"
Virginia Cano - Title to be announced
David Pullinger -
"Some observations and conclusions"
6.00 pm Dinner in Dining Hall
Evening free (optional visit to the Oxford Playhouse for those who have pre-purchased tickets.)

Wednesday 1 April 1998

9.00 am Session 3 - Communicated papers


David Price


Susan Knapp "Economic aspects of mounting a full-text database vs selling electronic subscriptions"
Atilio Bustos -"Electronic scientific journals from the South"
Vitaly Nechitailenko -
"Technology of e.p. in geophysics"
Knud Thomsen - "The ITER H-mode Confinement Data Base Activity 1989-1998."
Abel Laerte Packer - "SciELO - Methodology for the preparation, storage, dissemination and evaluation of scientific electronic journals"
10.15 am Coffee break  
10.30 am to 12.30 pm Working Groups meet in the ARCO Building
(Questions will be suggested for be discussion)

Group one in Griffiths Room
Chairman - Anthony Watkinson, Rapporteur - Tim Hogan

Group two in Jean Robinson Room
Chairman - Glyn Jones, Rapporteur - To be announced

Group three in Arthur Crane Room
Chairman - Ian Butterworth, Rapporteur - Anne Dixon

1.00 pm Luncheon in Keble College Dining Hall  
2.00 to 3.30 pm Working Group discussions continued
3.30 pm Tea break
4.00 pm Preparation of Working Group reports
7.00 pm Reception in Griffiths Room sponsored by Oxford University Press
8.00 pm Conference Dinner in de Breyne Room

Thursday April 2 1998

9.45 am Session 4 - Report of Working Group discussions


Dennis Shaw
  Introduction by chairman
10.00 am Report of Group one - Anthony Watkinson
10.30 am Report of Group two - Glyn Jones
11.00 am Coffee Break
11.15 am Report of Group three - Ian Butterworth
11.45 am to 12.30 pm General Discussion introduced by David Pullinger
1.00 pm Luncheon in Keble College Dining Hall
2.00 pm Session 5 - Conclusion of Workshop


Roger Elliott
  Future activities
  Votes of thanks
3.30 pm Tea break and departure