ISSN: 1046-3410 NEWSLETTER ON SERIALS PRICING ISSUES NO 245 -- March 13, 2000 Editor: Marcia Tuttle CONTENTS 245.1 WHOSE SIDE ARE WE ON? Bernard Naylor 245.2 THE 11TH INTENSIVE COURSE ON JOURNAL PUBLISHING FOR MIDDLE MANAGEMENT, Jamie Cameron245.1 WHOSE SIDE ARE WE ON?
[Received February 23, 2000]
I am a bit surprised that nobody has commented on two particular and connected features of recent deals for the provision of journal content in electronic form.
In some recent draft contracts for the provision of electronic access, libraries have been required to confirm their acceptance of annual price increases which are probably about three times the current rate of "ordinary inflation" in developed countries (6-7 per cent as against 2-2.5 per cent). They have also been required to undertake not to cancel any journals from the particular publisher offering the draft contract, or, in a revised version, to undertake to limit their cancellations to a certain minimal percentage of total value.
It is one thing, in my view, for libraries to grumble about the even higher rates of annual increase in journal prices (currently around five times ordinary inflation) and then, typically, to cave in and accept, but perhaps also to cancel some more subscriptions to bring accounts back into balance. It is quite another for us to "cross the street" and, in effect, confirm, through a contract, that we accept and condone these still very high rates of price inflation, and that we will undertake to protect the particular publisher from the effects of high inflation and ensure that almost all the consequences are visited elsewhere.
I suppose I shall be told that I am being unrealistic, and that the abatement of price increases implied by these contracts should be welcomed. However, I am very conscious that vicious inflationary spirals (such as scholarly journals are surely locked into) are rarely broken without severe pain and that economists have a special place in their invective for those who "feed inflationary expectations."
Does anyone else feel that these deals implicate libraries in "feeding inflationary expectations" and weaken any future protests we may wish to make against journal price increases?
245.2 THE 11TH INTENSIVE COURSE ON JOURNAL PUBLISHING FOR MIDDLE MANAGEMENT
Jamie Cameron, Director, Publications, Professional Engineering
[Received March 3, 2000]
Dates: 19-23 June 2000
Place: Golden Tulip Conference Hotel Leeuwenhorst,
Organisers: Jamie Cameron, Professional Engineering Publishing, UK
Agnete Schj¯nsby, Scandinavian University Press, Norway
Alan Singleton, Oxford University Press, UK
The only Course on STM Serials Publishing, The Course is especially targeted at middle managers in STM Serials Publishing and is designed for all those involved in any part of the complete journal publishing process.
Draft Program: The programme contains many well-known and experienced speakers who will address the fundamental issues of the journals business as well as the effects of the changes in the publishing environment. Case Studies, with participants working in teams, form a central part of the Course, and throughout special emphasis will be placed on the impact of electronic publishing.
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