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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.
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    Friday, November 04, 2005

    Serials Crisis Revisited

    For almost 8 years the response to talk about a crisis in periodical pricing has been open access - either open access (free to read) e-journals or university repositories which, by making scholar's writings freely availble were supposed to force down the price of journals. Now, in a tightly argued Open Letter to All University Presidents and Provosts Concerning Increasingly Expensive Journals (pdf), two US academics suggest an alternative approach: charging publishers for the hitherto free services of academic editors. It may never come to much - although the argument shows how much work and services publishers seem to have accepted for free over the years - but the issue deserves further airing. While the Open Access Initiative may be making (slow) progress, this is a new angle that may (and should) be a wake up call to publishers.


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