Needed: Radical Change in the Role of Publishing

The Chronicle has a interesting Article on how expensive journals have become. Libraries are being overwhelmed by the rising costs and number of journals. Less money is being spent on books, hurting scholoars chances of being published.

\"every faculty member gets a list of journals that are going to be discontinued at their campus library -- this happens once or twice a year on every campus.\" Said Daryle H. Busch, president of the American Chemical Society

\"Cost is the whole issue,\" said Daryle H. Busch, president of the American Chemical Society and a professor of chemistry at the University of Kansas who was among the 36 signatories. \"Some journals cost more than others, and there are more journals than there used to be.\" As a result of the cost pressures, he said, at most universities these days, \"every faculty member gets a list of journals that are going to be discontinued at their campus library -- this happens once or twice a year on every campus.\"


The nine principles were first debated last spring at an invitation-only meeting in Tempe, Ariz. In the months that followed, the document was further refined via e-mail. The plan is for participants to circulate the principles -- both the A.A.U. and the A.R.L. plan to send copies of the document to member institutions -- with the goal of reaching a broader consensus across academe about how to proceed. The two organizations also plan to assemble a national committee in the next few months to monitor the debate and try to move it forward.

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