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University graduates are fooled to write ledgers that nobody can buy | Higher Education Network
Only a few month ago, an editorial journalist from an academical publishing house contacted me to ask if I was interested in making a copy for her. There are too many people I know who have replied to such an invitation just to see their works vanish from a college bookshelf in a far away area.
Anyone who would try to buy this ledger - I mean like a true person - would have to buy the same as a round-trip air fare to a sunnier place or a month's allowance. Those ledgers begin at around 60, but they can be twice as expensive or even more.
and he asked me if I had an offer for her. "Maybe I could read a volume about...." - and here I began to pile up ugly-sounding catchwords. "How much would the ledger be for sale?" And I was intrigued by the figures and asked how many of these ledgers they released each year.
Sixty-five 80 pound each, 300 exemplars on paper. Moreover, these publishing houses are not known for employing gifted graphic artists to design beautiful cover art - and their works are seldom featured in journals. There was no information about me on the website of the school back then. I was asked to compose a script about everything I wanted, and this journalist did not even know if I had any before.
It is not for those who want to read the volume, but for booksellers who put it on a rack and then, a few years later, probably buried it in a storage room. One of my colleagues was recently wooed by an editorial journalist who, having confessed, had only released costly hardcovers (around 200), said that this was an occasion for my colleagues to improve their university performance.
One of my colleagues, who became aware of the discovery of his recently released work but was too costly to buy, tried to get editors to get a less costly pocketback. However, the trouble is that much of the amount of paperwork that goes into those accounts is made possible by taxpayers' sums.
Who' s gonna buy these ledgers? Now, college libaries - and they too are paying the taxpayer. They are not available to the taxpayer unless they have a valid academic identity document. The US taxpayer is expected to spend 139 billion dollars a year on research and the UK 4.7 billion pounds.
If we could stop releasing these volumes, which may be wise at a times of hysteria. Or, we only work with reputable editors who believe that a book is destined to be studied and not just to benefit from it. And, of course, if it's only about making research available, then there is open code publishing, which most scientists now know.
Why don't graduates just keep away from the eager publisher?