Magazine article Mathematics Teaching

The Future of MT/MTi

Magazine article Mathematics Teaching

The Future of MT/MTi

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General Council commissioned a journal survey to consider the future of MT and MTi after 2 years of the trial period. Here Jayne Stansfield outlines the conclusions that were reached by General Council.

Thank you for the many responses received to membership survey on MT/MTi circulated in September 2010. GC were delighted that 354 members (18%) responded and your views have been invaluable in informing GC's decision on the future for our journal.

MTi is two-thirds through its 3-year trial period and the editorial team's current contract ends in December 2011 so GC need to plan for journal provision on 2012 and beyond. We decided to survey members so that we could find out what you value in MT and MTi and take account of your views alongside the financial implications of producing print and electronic journals. We decided on simple questions with opportunities for you to tell us your views. Your qualitative feedback alongside the quantitative results proved very useful in our decision making.

Examination of the financial implications produced some surprising information. Clearly both print and electronic journals need an editorial team. The editorial teams incurs the most significant part of journal production costs whatever the medium of delivery. There is a reduction in printing and postage costs for the electronic journal but there is evidence of additional editorial costs, for example in ensuring video footage is to standard. So an electronic journal does not save on editorial costs.

It came as a huge surprise when Su Strange, our Senior Administrative Officer, explained the change to our VAT liability that a totally electronic journal would incur. This calculation proved counterintuitive. It is based on the fact that there is no VAT charged on books and printed publications, while electronic publications are charged at the full rate (which went up to 20% in January). But if we moved to a completely electronic journal we would have to charge VAT at 20% of the full cost of membership - which would push it up considerably, and increase it beyond the cost with just printed journals. …

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