So I compile and edit a book of articles on evolutionary biology and genomics. Research Signposts publishes it as a real hard-bound book, and I get 30% of the author publication charges. Sounds great...
Wait, 'author publication charges'? Do the authors PAY to be published in this book? So I clicked on the 'publication plans' link.
They have four different publication plan options.
- In the first plan, the author(s) of each article in my book must buy 100 reprints of their article, for a minimum of $435, depending on the length of the article. This also (I think) gets them three copies of the book.
- In the second plan, I pay a minimum of $1950 to have the book published, more for colour figures and pages >150. I get five copies and each article's author(s) get one.
- In the third plan I purchase 25 copies of my book. It's not clear how much these will cost, but the charges sheet mentions $899 for three copies plus a pdf.
- The fourth plan doesn't get me a hardbound book at all. Instead I pay $995 (or more) for Research Signposts to make my book available online.
Thanks but no thanks.