Thursday, November 20, 2003

Cancelling Elsevier titles 

From this week's Info Today:

Cornell and Other University Libraries to Cancel Elsevier Titles

Along with this is last week's press release from SPARC announcing a collaboration with the Public Library of Science to increase efforts in scientific open access publishing.

As authors in the sciences (and other fields) increase efforts to publish for themselves and keep costs low, and publishers keep increasing prices on their journal titles, it will be interesting to see how things play out as these two tidal waves crash into each other. Will we see publishers ceasing titles as less and less is published in them, or perhaps working with authors and other parties to arrive at pricing solutions that reach a happy medium?

Being the cynic that I am, I don't see either one of these options happening. I do see open access publishing increasing at an exponential rate in the future, which will perhaps increase one of the headaches in the lives of serials librarians, and that is keeping current of what's available, and making sure that our patrons can get to it. Here's where having strong partnerships with subject-area librarians and others we know in the field will be especially valuable.

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