Production of the print version of journals adds substantially to the expense of publication. Since 2002 the institutional subscribers to AGU journals have shared equally these extra fixed costs no matter which format they purchased. Fixed costs are the expenses incurred regardless of number of copies produced. The fixed cost for print includes creating the printing plates from electronic files and setting up the presses and the bindery and mailing equipment.
For equity among all subscribers, rates for 2006 have been set to better reflect the cost of the service being provided. Only the institutions subscribing to the print version will be charged for its printing, paper, and mailing.