June 10, 2009
Not All Scientific Publishers are Raising Prices
We all know that some publishers are raising the price of their science journals by double or triple digits. In contrast, other scientific publishers are responding to these tough economic times by freezing or even reducing journal subscription costs.
American Mathematical Society
American Mathematical Society announces price freeze for 2010
In response to the economic recession and its impact on the academic community, the American Mathematical Society is freezing the prices of its subscription-based products--journals, MathSciNet and the Mathematical Reviews (MR) Database fee--at the 2009 levels. This price freeze applies to all 2010 subscriptions, in both print and electronic formats, including MathSciNet consortia subscriptions. The publishers of journals distributed by the AMS, also concerned about the impact of the global recession on the academic community, have joined the AMS in freezing their journal prices for 2010 as well. See the complete list of AMS journals and AMS-distributed journals.
In addition, the AMS will not increase the 2009 dues rate for AMS Institutional Members in 2010.
Online subscription prices for the 9 research journals and 2 review journals published by the American Society for Microbiology will not increase in the 2010 subscription year. The pricing freeze applies to all ASM online journals and bundles, including the All-ll, Basic, and Clinical packages. The base price increase for 2010 print subscriptions is a nominal 4%.
Annual Reviews Announces 2010 Pricing Freeze: Pricing for Existing Titles to Remain Flat in 2010
Consistent with our mission to serve the worldwide information community, Annual Reviews will freeze institutional and site license pricing for 2010. We consider this an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the scientific community, by providing our exceptional content to the broadest base of users possible.
The economy as a whole is facing extraordinary circumstances. Annual Reviews understands the adversities currently faced by many of our institutional customers and we are taking measures internally to allow us to eliminate an increase in pricing.
European Endocrinology Societies
The following announcement was posted to a library listserv:
Learned societies exist to support universities' research programs and your scientists. As a group of small societies that publish some of the leading science and clinical journals in endocrinology and reproduction, we are responding to the calls from librarians for flexibility and restraint on price rises and in the following ways
* Keeping price rises for US institutions especially at an
absolute minimum for 2010 in recognition of the currency exchange issues that you are having to deal with
* Price freezing on selected individual titles for libraries that
can commit to continuing to subscribe for 2010-12 (including opt out clauses if your circumstances should change)
Rockefeller University Press
The Rockefeller University Press to Freeze Subscription Prices
The Rockefeller University Press , which publishes the Journal of Cell Biology, the Journal of Experimental Medicine, and the Journal of General Physiology, will freeze all subscription prices for 2010 at current 2009 rates. Online subscription prices for consortia and multi-site organizations will also remain the same if the number of site-equivalents is unchanged from 2009 to 2010. Read more.
SPIE (Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers)
Announcement: 10% price rollback for SPIE Digital Library
May 28, 2009 - SPIE is pleased to announce a 10% rollback in pricing for institutional subscriptions to the SPIE Digital Library for 2010. This action comes as the result of a year-long study involving numerous librarians and researchers and supports the Society’s commitment to enabling the broadest possible dissemination of information to the worldwide optics and photonics community.
“As a not-for-profit educational society, SPIE strives to meet its responsibility to consider the economic challenges facing the educational and research community,” said SPIE Executive Director Eugene Arthurs. “In the current global economic climate, SPIE realizes that libraries are faced with tighter budgets than ever before for acquiring needed resources.”
Outside the Sciences ...
The Medical Library Association has compiled a longer list at http://www.mlanet.org/resources/publish/sc_2010-prices.html
Posted by betsywil at June 10, 2009 09:38 AM