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Re: best journal hosting sites Mark Ware 28 Feb 2006 18:21 UTC

I'd suggest you put a simple RFP together and send it out. Let me
know if you'd like a possible list of headings.

You could add at least three more: Atypon (they have two levels of
service, their original one and the rebadged Extenza service, now
called Atypon Link); Metapress; bepress. My perspective: HighWire are
excellent, but certainly not the cheapest option; Ingenta gets you a
hosting service combined with a destination site, which might boost
traffic. (The traffic point is also true of HighWire if you are in
the biomed area). Ingenta's prices are very competitive, in my
experience. (Disclaimer: I used to work for them, though not on the
journal hosting side.) Atypon have a great track record with the
technology (e.g. they built Blackwell's Synergy site).

Hope this helps
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On 27 Feb 2006, at 21:54, Belcher, Wendy wrote:

> As the manager of a small academic press, I wanted to trouble the
> forum
> members with a question a bit off topic (forgive me!). In your
> opinions
> as serial librarians, which electronic journal hosting sites are the
> "best"? Best being defined as, perhaps, the most responsive, the best
> search capability, the cheapest, the most integrated, and so on.
> We were to have our interdisciplinary (humanities and social science)
> journal hosted by the University of California Press, but they decided
> that adding outside journals was too much trouble and balked at the
> last
> minute. So I am scrambling to get us online this spring. We used to
> have
> our content online for free, but we found that libraries started to
> cancel, so we took the content down. We don't have a lot of
> institutional support and depend on subscriptions to survive.
> I gather that these are the various journal hosting options we have:
> HighWire Press: A division of the Stanford University Libraries, which
> hosts lots of journals but seems a bit difficult to figure out
> JStore: Since the older content is free, my impression is that
> libraries
> may cancel
> Project Muse: Ditto
> Ebsco: Seems efficient, since we all deal with them anyway
> Ingenta: Apparently raises prices a lot
> ???
> I appreciate any thoughts.
> Sincerely,
> Wendy Belcher
> Press Manager
> UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
> 193 Haines Hall
> Los Angeles, CA 90095-1544
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