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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Cost/benefit analysis of library journal site licenses

Bergstrom and Bergstrom provide significant insight into the scholarly communication marketplace working from microeconomics and statistical theory. Thanks to attributes which the authors ascribe to professional societies and university presses, the article is freely available from both PNAS on HighWire Press and through the PNAS mirror on PubMed Central. Carl T. Bergstrom and Theodore C. Bergstrom. "The costs and benefits of library site licenses to academic journals." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 January 20; 101(3): 897-902. doi:10.1073/pnas.0305628101. article from PNAS via HighWire | article from PNAS via PubMed Central. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America - PMC Fulltext v44(1-5) (January-May 1958), v45+ (1959+) 6 month moving wall | HighWire Fulltext v87+ (1990+) 6 month moving wall; Print ISSN: 0027-8424 | Online ISSN: 1091-6490. In addition to the PNAS policy of free access following a six month embargo, an optional "author pays" model was introduced earlier this year, whereby authors may opt to contribute $1000 to provide immediate Open Access on an article-by-article basis. This kind of opt-in policy is sometimes referred to as the Walker-Prosser model.