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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Nine pricing models for ejournals

Golnessa Galyani Moghaddam, Pricing and Publishing Models of Electronic Journals, SRELS - Journal of Information Management, 43, 4 (December 2006) pp. 375-390.  Self-archived February 11, 2007.

Abstract:   There has been a crisis in scholarly communication since the late 1980ís due to the spiraling costs of scientific journals. Libraries were the first to experience the effects of the breakdown as they struggled to keep up with the exploding volume and cost of journals in Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM). As the cost of serials in major libraries soared, libraries were forced to cancel millions of dollars worth of subscriptions. Most pricing and publishing models were created to offer a constructive response to this issue. The aim of these initiatives is to transform scientific journal publishing into a market-aware and fiscally responsible enterprise. There are many pricing and publishing models for electronic journals. The following models are explained in this paper: TULIP, PEAK, SPARK, BioOne, HighWire Press, Project MUSE, JSTOR, PubMed, and EPIC.