Elsevier and affordability of Journals
Peter W Pappas
ppappas at magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu
Sat Mar 19 09:13:44 EST 1994
In article <9403181705.aa08204 at cc.dordt.edu>,
James Mahaffy <mahaffy at dordt.edu> wrote:
>In post of March 18 Graham Clark said.
>> Message-ID: <199403182203.OAA13142 at net.bio.net>
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>> Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology is published by
>> Elsevier and has been around since 1980. It has the
>> highest citation rate of any primary parasitology journal.
>> Many libraries do not carry it because it is very expensive.
>> However, members of various parasitological societies are
>> eligible for personal subscriptions at US$194 a year (this is
>> about 10% of the institutional price!).
> I find it very interesting that Elsevier has managed to corner the
>market on the best publication in another area and get away with
>charging libraries very high rates. The same thing happens in my area
>of paleoecology. Again the journals I have to read, Review of
>Paleobotany and Palynology and International Journal of Coal Biology are
>not affordable unless you are a major University. It means I have to
>wait till the summer and go to Minneapolis or some other major library.
>Somehow dissemination of information is hindered. I am all for free
>business, but wish it was a society publish a journal at under $130.
>$2,000 for a journal is a bit too much.
> Sorry about growling but I think the cost of some of these journals
>is a problem especially for institutions with limits on their budgets
>and less deep pockets. .
>James F. Mahaffy e-mail: mahaffy at dordt.edu
>Biology Department phone: 712 722-6279
>Dordt College FAX 712 722-1198
>Sioux Center, Iowa 51250
If you think we have it bad, consider our colleagues in many european
countries. They can not afford even the "cheapest" journals, and the few they
have are rapidly being deleted because of economic problems. We should
consider ourselves lucky.
Peter W. Pappas, Professor/Chairperson, Department of Zoology,
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 USA
E-mail: pappas.3 at osu.edu; FAX (614)-292-2030,
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