Editor's note: The following post is one in a series by Paul Gilkes
about challenges facing hobby organizations and their publications.
Organizations are facing how to balance demand for traditional print
publications with the freedom digital and other electronic journals offer.
Read more from the series:
The California State Numismatic Association board has voted to
eliminate printing of its award-winning journal, The California
Numismatist, to save production costs, and instead to move to a
digital format for the publication.
The decision is not
necessarily final. The primary obstacle is that for the past 10 years,
The California Numismatist has been a joint publication with
the Numismatic Association of Southern California, and would likely
require NASC concurrence at its Nov. 15 meeting.
officials did not respond to Coin World inquiries.The CSNA
board voted to transition The California Numismatist, beginning
in 2016, away from the printed journal in favor of a digital
presentation, according to outgoing CSNA President Michael S.
The California Numismatist is the result
of the 2004 merger of the California State Numismatic Association,
which published CalCoin News, and Numismatic Association of
Southern California, which published in print The NASC
Greg Burns, who edited both publications
and is current editor of The California Numismatist, said the
publication merger was implemented to save print costs, since
information was duplicated in the two separate publications.
Turrini said the primary reason for going to a digital format
for the journal “was, simply, the cost and the burden on our stagnant
membership.” Membership has remained between 450 and 500 members for
the past five years.
“There might be an action to rescind or reverse or
replace the intention toward a digital only approach,” Turrini said.
“... The reality is that there are concerns and issues and the outcome
might not be to replace or to postpone or something in between.”
“Being that CSNA has the higher membership, then we pay the
higher cost towards publication cost, but that does not mean we
control the final say,” CSNA Vice President Howard Feltham said. “It
must be a joint decision between CSNA and NASC. We have one year to
make corrections to this decision.”
Without the NASC’s
concurrence to move to a digital journal, CSNA’s action is moot,
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