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Publishing in scientific journals cost MONEY!?

Most people will be surprised to learn it cost money to publish in a peer reviewed journal. It will cost me about $2500.

Publishing in scientific journals cost MONEY!?

Most people will be surprised to learn it cost money to publish in a peer reviewed journal. It will cost me about $2500.

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The public pays for the science and so the public deserves open access. (UPDATED)

In short, I believe it is right to publish science in open access journals.  The public has paid for my work and my education.  The public pays by way of my student loans which will eventually be forgiven, grants, and generally supporting the facilities  my work relied on.    The two journals I will publish in, one of which uses a system of (after a brief editorial review) post publication open peer review have accepted the papers for publication.  The problem is I am a mere Adjunct Professor and as such I am paid little and have no funding to pay the publication cost. 

Open access journals don't get subscription fees and so the Authors bear the cost. Note, however traditional journals still charge a significant amount of money for publication. 

The TWO papers. 

The first paper is entitled "Disk-outflow models as applied to high mass star forming regions through methanol and water maser observations" (arXiv:1311.3983) and is meant to appear in the International Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics.  This is based on my Masters Thesis "Insights into High Mass Star Formation from Methanol Maser Observations" completed at DePaul University in Chicago.  The subject is massive star formation.   

The second paper is entitled "A Lagrangian which models Lambda CDM cosmology and explains the null results of direct detection efforts." Which I was to give a talk at the April 2014 meeting of the American Physical Society.  Sadly, for the same reasons I need to use Kickstarter, I could not afford to make the trip to Savannah Georgia to present that paper.   Maybe in 2015.

The third and final paper is my latest work, a new approach to the question of how to best combine General Relativity with Quantum Field Theory (QFT).  Quantum gravity by relativization of Quantum Field Theory.This paper is now published  and open for peer review for free in a very new electronic journal known as the Winnower. ISSN 2373-146X

This means my actual need for funds is $800 less than before.  However since I cannot change the funding goal, I instead pledge to use the $800 to support my ongoing research in Astronomy and Astrophysics.  I have a number of ideas such as finding a couple of the best students at the community colleges I work at and giving them a research experience which community college students rarely get. 

What I have tried to raise money.

Asking my employers for support.

I have tried writing the academic institutions I am affiliated with or reading their materials. I am in my first year of teaching and at both the City Colleges of Chicago, and the College of DuPage to have a hope of getting help with this sort of thing requires two to three years of experience teaching. At one of those places help with publication in journals simply isn't available, at least not to adjunct faculty.

I have applied for credit.

Then it seemed prudent to use credit I have to survive at least the summer, and in the worst case scenario to survive until I can get unemployment. Getting unemployment as an academic is hard. The assumption is that every teacher is a full time teacher with tenure. The "Adjunct Professor" status is sort of invisible...but on campuses 40%-60% of the faculty at many colleges and some universities is part time. I am in a position of both being affiliated with two colleges as a Faculty member, yet I am not employed in the true sense of the word, getting paid.

Working off the cost.

The International Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics agree'd to give me a discount if I reviewed a couple of papers for them. Many thanks to for their understanding. 

Risks and challenges

The challenges would be peer review and/or editorial review, which I have already gone through on all of these papers. The only challenge left is raising enough money to afford publication, the taxes on the money I raise, and the nominal and reasonable fees associated with using Kick starter.

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