Holy Cow – University of California system may boycott all Nature Publishing Group Journals

Read this (pdf). So the UC system has been screaming - they are totally cutting budgets, people, everything... And NPG has decided to hike their subscription renewal prices by 400%. So if the offer doesn't change, UC's going to fight back, and it will hurt. Boy, will it hurt.

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I think they are right. When we are part of a big buying group, we get negotiated prices from all sorts of our suppliers. When the UC system is such a major contributor of material for which they then have to pay to access it in its curated, peer-reviewed, edited form in the NPG journals - well, they are quite correct to demand a negotiated price. I hope it has a good repercussion for us smaller contributor/buyers, as well. We don't subscribe to plenty of interesting smaller journals because of the costs of certain of the influential larger ones - and it's a bit of a vicious circle in the long run.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a story on this issue called U. of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs:

http://tinyurl.com/3a8molc

h/t to Lisnews.com

By Rich Allen (not verified) on 09 Jun 2010 #permalink

We don't subscribe to plenty of interesting smaller journals because of the costs of certain of the influential larger ones - and it's a bit of a vicious circle in the long run.