Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Journal Liberation

John Mark Ockerbloom writes about the problems with the high cost of some academic journals for Everybody's Libraries:

The problem of limited access to high-priced scholarly journals may be reaching a crisis point. Researchers that are not at a university, or are at a not-so-wealthy one, have long been frustrated by journals that are too expensive for them to read (except via slow and cumbersome inter-library loan, or distant library visits). Now, major universities are feeling the pain as well, as bad economic news has forced budget cuts in many research libraries, even as further price increases are expected for scholarly journals. This has forced many libraries to consider dropping even the most prestigious journals, when their prices have risen too high to afford.

His article is partly a primer for how to 'liberate' journals.


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