Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Even Harvard says it can't afford journal publishers' prices


Many libraries, including The Texas Medical Center Library, struggle to afford publisher price increases for journal subscriptions year after year.   With journal prices rising anywhere between 5% and 50% annually (some greater than 50%), the paid subscription model is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain.   The following story, from a April 2012 issue of The Guardian, describes Harvard University's response to this on-going challenge:

 

Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices.

 

University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls. 


"Exasperated by rising subscription costs charged by academic publishers, Harvard University has encouraged its faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals and to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls."

Read the complete story here, via generous permission from The Guardian.

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