Is JSAS a for-profit venture? Will it sell goods/services?
The simple answer to both questions is NO. JSAS was created to be a conduit of freely accessible scholarly information; it has no products for sale and essentially produces nothing other than its contents. It will not sell advertising on its website or journal pages.
JSAS’s open access format will greatly streamline its need for revenue and likely be an effective cost suppressant for the future. However, annual sources of revenue will be needed to cover ordinary, recurring business operation costs, including materials, equipment, office supplies, postage, telecommunications, and other miscellaneous expenses.
Private donations have generously endowed JSAS for startup costs, and Middle Tennessee State University has provided matching funding for the same purposes.
In continuity with the spirit and accord of the principles of an open access journal, and to remove the inherent suspicion of the quality of research contained in a pay-to-publish outlet, page-fee charges will not be made to JSAS authors.
Instead, JSAS will seek financial gifts from donors who share the vision of JSAS and wish to contribute to the development of knowledge in the field of sport management. JSAS will also utilize its partnerships with the Middle Tennessee State University, SPARC, and endorsing sport organizations to explore viable yet credible sources of revenue to support its activities.
To legitimize the perception of the quality of its contents, JSAS may provide a limited number of printed copies to authors whose manuscripts it publishes. If funds are available, author copies will be complimentary. Hard-copy subscriptions will also be made available for institutions who request them for a nominal fee.