NEWSLETTER ON SERIALS PRICING ISSUES

NO 115 -- July 11, 1994

Editor: Marcia Tuttle

ISSN: 1046-3410


CONTENTS

115.1 FAXON 1995 PRICE PROJECTIONS, Ron Akie

115.2 CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOPS AND PRECONFERENCES: NASIG 10TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Susan Davis

115.3 PROJECTED PRICE INCREASES AND PRINTING COSTS, Guy Dresser

115.4 _BULLETIN OF THE SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA_, Susan Newman

115.5 SALE OF FAXON'S EUROPEAN OFFICES, Michael Markwith


115.1 FAXON 1995 PRICE PROJECTIONS

Ron Akie, Faxon Company, akie@faxon.com

Some people have asked whether we are revising our 1995 price projections 

due to the recent weakening of the US dollar. Here is the response:



We do not expect the recent weakening of the US dollar to have a signifi-

cant impact on the overall 1995 pricing. As you know, many of the larger 

European publishers have changed their pricing over the last two years to 

US dollar prices in the US. These publishers have either already set their 

prices for 1995, or have purchased currency forward for the entire year to 

buffer the effects of the market changes we are seeing this month. There-

fore, for the group of Fixed Exchange Rate European publishers, the current 

market conditions will have no real impact.



The group where current conditions might have an impact is the European 

publishers who let the exchange rates vary with the market rather than 

setting a fixed rate. Remember, it is the currency exchange rate that is in 

effect at the time that the publisher receives the order from us that de-

termines the rate -- typically in October or November. The question, there-

fore, is whether the dollar will move up or down between now and then.



To look at a pessimistic case, if the dollar is 5 percent weaker than last 

year at the time of order placement, the overall increase for this group 

will be 13.5 percent rather than the 8.5 percent we originally projected. 

This group of publishers makes up the smallest portion of a typical academ-

ic/medical collection -- 12% on average. Therefore, the net impact on the 

total price increase across a client's whole renewal would be only about 

0.5% (an overall increase from 10.28% in our original projection to an 

increase of 10.87%).



It is still too early to determine whether we are seeing a temporary situa-

tion in the currency markets or a longer trend. Since the impact as of now 

on a client's collection is minimal, we will wait a few more weeks before 

re-issuing a formal projection to see where the markets go. 
115.2 CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOPS AND PRECONFERENCES: NASIG 10TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Susan Davis, NASIG Secretary, SUNY at Buffalo, UNLSDB@UBVM.CC.BUFFALO.EDU

[Apologies to Susan and NASIG for the delay in posting this announcement. -

ed.]



  "SERIALS TO THE TENTH POWER: TRADITION, TECHNOLOGY AND TRANSFORMATION"



The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG), an organization commit-

ted to serving the interests of all members of the serials information 

chain, plans to hold its tenth annual conference June 1-4, 1995 at Duke 

University in Durham, North Carolina. NASIG's annual conference provides a 

forum in which librarians, publishers, vendors, educators, binders, systems 

developers, and other specialists exchange views, present new ideas, proac-

tively seek solutions to common problems, and discuss matters of current 

interest. The proceedings are published in both print and electronic format 

and distributed to a wide audience.



The Program Planning Committee invites proposals for plenary papers and 

preconferences dealing with any "big picture" aspect of the theme. We are 

especially interested in the challenge of balancing traditional functions 

with technological innovations within organizations and in consortia and in 

the creation of new alliances. Established projects, new experiments, and 

"blue sky" speculation are all welcome. Examples:



      *Reinventing serials: optimizing their role in scholarly communica-

          tion;



      *Creating and providing access to electronic journals: editing/pub-

          lishing, purchasing/acquiring, transmitting/delivering/gopheriz-

          ing, cataloging, and archiving/preserving/securing;



      *Copyright reconsidered and reconfigured;



      *New developments in Internet use: commercial use, public policy and 

          security issues;



      *Re-examining the role of the serials professional in the new        

          information society.



The Committee also invites workshop and preconference proposals that will 

provide practical assistance in making changes, planning and implementing 

new projects and forming alliances. Examples:



      *Case studies from virtual libraries and electronic publishers;



      *Reconstituting local serials collections;



      *Analyses of user responses and needs;



      *Training/retraining/educating serialists for new roles in article 

          delivery, public service, monograph acquisitions, etc.;



      *Relevant new technologies/services/software packages/standards;



      *Creative financing for innovation; grantsmanship.



Submission of topics and suggestions for speakers are welcome from NASIG 

members and other members of the information community. The Program Plan-

ning Committee reserves the right to combine, blend or refocus proposals to 

maximize program breadth and relevance to our membership. As a result, only 

one presenter from proposals submitted by teams may be invited to partici-

pate.



Since all proposals are reviewed competitively, please include complete 

information for maximum consideration:



     *Name, address, phone/fax numbers, e-address(es) of the proposer

     *Program title

     *An abstract of 200-300 words that clearly explains the intent of the 

          proposal as well as its relationship to the theme

     *Please list in priority order the formal preference for your propos-

          al: plenary, workshop, or preconference.



Proposals should be submitted no later than August 1, 1994 to:



                  Susan Davis

                  NASIG Secretary

                  Head, Periodicals Section

                  State University of NY at Buffalo

                  Lockwood Library Building

                  Buffalo, NY  14260-2200

                  Phone: 716-645-2784   Fax: 716-645-5955

                  Bitnet: UNLSDB@UBVM

                  Internet: UNLSDB@UBVM.CC.BUFFALO.EDU

115.3 PROJECTED PRICE INCREASES AND PRINTING COSTS

Guy Dresser, Vice President-Operations, Allen Press, Inc., 1041 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS 66044; 913 843-1234.

This is a belated message relating to NSPI 111.2 from Bernard Naylor. As a 

printer specializing in scientific, technical and medical journals, I was 

surprised to read that journal price increases for 1995 will be in the 

range of 8-10 percent. I am responsible for pricing, quotes and contract 

negotiations at Allen Press, and I think I speak for our competitors in STM 

printing in saying that any increases in journal prices are not caused by 

price increases from printers. The STM printing marketplace has been in-

tensely competitive for the past 2-3 years and publishers have taken advan-

tage of this situation to the point that some journal printing prices are 

actually lower now than 3 years ago.  Paper prices have been stable, as 

well. I thought your subscribers might like to know that any cost pressures 

that exist are not coming from the typesetting, printing and binding side 

of the ledger. 

115.4 _BULLETIN OF THE SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA_

Susan Newman, Executive Director, Seismological Society of America, ssa@perry.berkeley.edu

The Seismological Society has recently been forced to make a number of 

difficult decisions regarding our publications. One of those was the deci-

sion to increase the subscription rates of the SSA Bulletin. Because we 

understand that this is a very difficult time for libraries, we wanted to 

explain to you the reasons that we felt compelled to take this action.



SSA has traditionally maintained very modest subscription rates. We have 

been able to do so because the primary support of the Bulletin has come 

from publication charges that authors include in their requests for re-

search funding.  Unfortunately, research funding is decreasing. One of the 

major employers of seismologists, a government agency, even threatened to 

suspend payment of all publication charges during the past year. It has 

become increasingly clear that we must take steps to reduce our financial 

dependence on publication charges if we are to continue to attract high 

quality research. This year we changed to a more cost-effective format for 

the Bulletin and reduced the publication costs to authors.



BSSA is committed to publishing the best research in earthquake seismology 

and related fields. In 1994 we will publish nearly 30% more pages than in 

1993, including a 400 page issue on the 1992 Landers, California Earthquake 

Sequence.



Unfortunately the new format, the increased coverage and the reduction in 

page charges all had an impact on the price we need to charge for BSSA. We 

have found it necessary to increase the institutional price to $250 for 

North American institutions and $260 outside North America.



We regret having to increase the price in this age of declining library 

budgets but the publication program of the SSA could not move forward with-

out a substantial price adjustment. We did not make this decision lightly. 

We studied prices of comparable society journals and consulted with librar-

ians to insure that this was a fair price for BSSA.  



We believe that our subscribers and their patrons will see the results of 

our efforts to make BSSA even better, perhaps you have already noticed. 

Submissions of quality research are increasing and the content is broaden-

ing. Unfortunately, these improvements require that the subscription prices 

support a greater proportion of the costs.



I'd be happy to discuss this further with anyone who would like to contact 

me. My email address is: ssa@perry.berkeley.edu.

115.5 SALE OF FAXON'S EUROPEAN OFFICES

Michael Markwith, Faxon Company, markwith@faxon.com.

Faxon is selling its European offices that provide serial services to Euro-

pean libraries to Swets. This has NO effect on Faxon US providing European 

journals to US, Canadian, Latin American, and Asian libraries (which are 

served from Westwood and Canada). Faxon (and Turner) still can and do pro-

vide titles from all over the world for our customers. I hope this settles 

any confusion in people's minds about what the sale really means.



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