Journal price hikes aren’t the worst news

Journal publishers aren’t alarmed enough by open access to stop jacking up prices but increases aren’t the worse news

EBSCO Information Services advises clients that journal publishers will increase serial prices next year. For Australian dollar purchaser of $US priced products the estimated hike is 9-11 per cent, 7-10 per cent for Euro and sterling billed products.

For any institution paying list price this is not great news, but most purchasers aren’t. A learned reader suggests these are pessimistic predictions. Good o –but what of open access plans that replace fee to read with a price to publish. Ebsco has bad news there as well, “there is now real worry that a move to OA could mean lower funding for libraries as institutions look to fund the “publishing” side of OA by pulling from library budgets.”


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