The supply of publishers, literary platforms and agencies is far more diverse today than it was a few years ago. Which way is the best?
For most authors, academic work is primarily about one’s own career, so the readership is limited to a few reviewers or fellow students. However, to be noticed beyond that, a paper has to be published. To accomplish this, there are different types, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Specialized science publishers usually offer packages of services that allow new authors to publish their works, with varying levels of hurdles and academic content requirements. There are publishers who explicitly address graduates and offer them to publish their theses.
However, caution is advised, as publishers know far more about the market than their most inexperienced authors. Thus, the publishers secure themselves sometimes from cost subsidies. When signing contracts, care must be taken to ensure that scientific work is often sold in very small numbers. Especially works that deal with atypical and eccentric subject areas are usually ordered only by libraries, so that under certain circumstances only a few dozen copies are sold. Thus, the absolute author’s fee, which results from a share of usually about 4% of the selling price, correspondingly low.
Moreover, some publishers do not do justice to their actual publishing activities, do without editorial services and do not pay enough attention to advertising. It is always worthwhile, therefore, to study the author’s contracts carefully in order to recognize possibly unfair passages and then address the publisher or change them.
Nevertheless, the own publication lures as an adornment for the CV, as a proof of competence and as a sign to future employers – all things that should be considered in the decision.
Conclusion: If you seriously want to publish scientifically, should consider the use of a publishing house.
In times when the publishing industry is undergoing major upheavals, providers of new forms of publication are pushing to the market, such as agencies that specialize in publishing scientific papers on the Internet.
The business model: The platforms provide home, master, diploma, and other academic texts to paying clients. The search is carried out by keywords within the catalog, the authors receive a fee that far exceeds (at least in percentage terms) that of publishers: While about 4% are paid by publishers, is currently a share of up to 45% for platforms such as Grin possible, since the storage and dispatch of ebooks hardly cause costs.
Students thinking of publishing their work either as a book or as a web agency (although combinations may be possible) should keep in mind that a book usually receives more attention than a work that is merely made available electronically.
Depending on the topic, however, there is a risk that the work will be completely ignored, especially in the case of unusual scientific publications, which only have a small number of possible readers. Anyone in search of serious scientific information could also be deterred by the mass of poor quality work being done on such portals. This is not surprising, since editorial, academic evaluation and peer review are likely to be neglected due to cost pressure.
Commercial web agencies, which should not be confused with open science platforms, are a rather unfavorable environment for the development and dissemination of scientific ideas. They neither do what prestigious science publishers can do, nor do they promote the free flow of ideas.
In the meantime, the business of science is being done by the big platforms, while authors are paid insufficiently.