Publication fees? Probably not!
Throughout its first seven volumes, EER processed and published most articles for free, assessing authors only for occasional color illustrations in our hard-copy edition.
EER will continue its policy of free publication in any and all of the following circumstances:
IF the institutional library* of the first author subscribes. (Cooperating community waiver)
OR if the institutional library of the first author is NOT on the official World Bank List of high income countries. (Less-than-rich-nation waiver)
OR if the first author works at an institution whose scientists have never before published in EER. (First article waiver)
if no author has an institutional affiliation.
(Private genius waiver)
Upon acceptance of an article for publication, EER will require a publication fee of $1000 USD per article. All circumstances justifying a waiver are listed above. $1000 USD is approximately equal to EER's cost to publish an article. (Notice that the annual cost of a one-year Internet subscription to EER is much cheaper than the cost of publishing a single article in the journal.)
All journals must recover their costs. To do that, EER uses the subscription model. Our version of this model is as liberal as possible. Libraries purchase most subscriptions and all their community of users receive on-line access at no additional cost. Paper copies are distributed at our marginal cost. (Marginal cost is much less than average cost.)
The subscription model depends on an honors system. But some institutions have not responded appropriately. Although their scientists use EER, these institutions do not choose to subscribe.
Currently such institutions receive EER's publication services without helping to shoulder the financial responsibility in any way. That is not equitable. It has also placed unfair burdens on the editorial staff of the journal.
Rather than abandon the subscription model, EER is adopting the mixed model of funding that is described above. Under it, most authors will continue to receive EER's publication services for free.
*Definition: The institution of the first author is the one with which the author was affiliated when he or she performed the work.