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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

More on the Elsevier cancellations

Eric Ferreri, Colleges ax journals deal, the Durham NC Herald-Sun, January 12, 2004. Excerpt: "Having grown weary of the continuously escalating prices of academic journal subscriptions, four local universities [U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke, North Carolina State U, and North Carolina Central U] are taking something of a stand against the world's major publisher of scholarly research....Spokesmen for Elsevier did not respond to repeated requests for comment for this article....'It's been steadily getting worse for a decade,' said Robert Peet, a UNC biology professor whose departmental library spent $419,000 on 986 journal subscriptions in 2002-03. 'Now it's not sustainable at all. Nobody can pay for it.'"