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Thursday, 10th June 2010

University of California Considers Boycott Against Nature Journals

From a ScienceInsider Article:

The University of California (UC) system is threatening to boycott Nature Publishing Group's (NPG's) journals to protest a hefty subscription price hike. In a strongly worded response, NPG decries the UC libraries’ “sensationalist” tactics and argues that they have been receiving a large and “unfair” discount for years. The company says it is merely trying to bring charges in line with those for other libraries.

A 4 June letter that the UC libraries sent yesterday to UC faculty explains that NPG wants to raise its online license fee for 67 NPG journals by 400% in 2011—an increase of "unprecedented magnitude" that would cost more than $1 million a year. According to the letter, the NPG "ultimatum" comes at a time when the UC libraries are struggling with budget cuts and have negotiated lower prices with other publishers. The letter from the California Digital Library (CDL) in the UC Office of the President claims that NPG "has been singularly unresponsive to the plight of libraries." It points out that UC faculty members have contributed about 5300 articles to NPG journals in the past 6 years, including 638 in its flagship journal Nature. The Nature papers alone were worth $19 million over 6 years to NPG, UC estimates.

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Source: ScienceInsider (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

See Also: U. of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs (via Chronicle Of Higher Education)

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