Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oberlin Letter to Scientific American

Scientific American was recently purchased by Nature publishing group. Our subscription was to increase from $24 per year to $300 per year. In addition to canceling our subscription, we joined with other library directors from 48 other Oberlin Group member libraries to send a letter protesting the price increase. Articles have appeared in a variety of places:

Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 13, "College Library Directors Protest Huge Jump in 'Scientific American' Price"

Inside Higher Ed, October 13, "Library Directors Protest 'Scientific American' Prices"

Library Journal, Oct. 13,"College Librarians Protest STM Pricing for Consumer Magazine Scientific American"

A copy of the Oberlin letter

And now we have the response from the publisher. If anyone believes we should resubscribe to this journal based on this letter, please do share your thoughts with me.

1 comment:

  1. A colleague shared with me the following and permitted me to post to this blog:

    "One more thing, based on his theory that they deserved an increase after having held the line for the last 10 years:

    2002 $ 40.00

    2003 $ 44.00

    2004 $ 48.40

    2005 $ 53.24

    2006 $ 58.56

    2007 $ 64.42

    2008 $ 70.86

    2009 $ 77.95

    2010 $ 85.74

    Using the 2002 as $40 (which it apparently was) and adding 10% per year every year after, even at that rate, it should only be 85.74. Libraries be damned."