[Irtalk] The numbers they didn't want you to see: study finds that academic publishers basically charge whatever they feel like » MobyLives

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 09:37:26 SAST 2014

It’s been understood for quite a while now that the prices big academic
publishers charge universities and libraries for access to academic
journals bear little to no relationship to the costs that the publishers
actually incur. But a report just released by the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America sheds light on
another Wonderlandish aspect of the business.

*Because it turns out that the prices don’t reflect much about the size or
nature of the purchasing institution either. In other words, it doesn’t
matter how limited your resources are, or how many students need to use the
materials; the only thing that matters is how much the publishers think
they can get away with asking*.


*Also see: http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Value_Proposition
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