There's been a lot around the intertubes the last few months about journal pricing and who pays what and why and reactions all around. I thought I'd gather a bit of that here for posterity, starting with the Timothy Gowers post on the UK Elsevier Big Deal numbers up to the most recent item in PNAS about US numbers. In both cases, they authors dug up the numbers using Freedom of Information requests to the various institutions.
Needless to say, I'd love to see these kinds of numbers for Canada and if anyone out there is interested in working on such a project I'd love to hear from you.
The title of this post is inspired by this one.
- Elsevier journals — some facts (Timothy Gowers post that started it all)
- Cost of Elsevier journals by university enrolment
- Library Spend on Journal Big Deals
- The cost of academic publishing
- An Infographic View of Gowers’s Elsevier Exposé
- The cost of scientific publishing: update and call for action
- How universities can support open-access journal publishing
- Your university is definitely paying too much for journals
- A Clash of Values
- Academic publisher tried to stop publication of paper on price-gouging in academic publishing
- Journals, “Journals” and Wannabes: Investigating the List
- The Big Deal’s Damage
- Evaluating big deal journal bundles and supplemental tables (PNAS article with US numbers)
- Study Finds Major Inconsistencies in Journal Pricing
- Journal prices: Good deal or not?
There's obviously much more about all these topics out there, so any other links that readers might suggest are welcome in the comments.