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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Journal prices rarely correlate with impact or size

Sonya White and Claire Creaser, Trends in Scholarly Journal Prices, 2001-2006, LISU Occasional Paper #37, Oxford University Press, March 2007.  From the Executive Summary:

There is little consistent evidence of associations between price, impact factor and number of pages.  Data relating to some publishers for some subject areas show significant correlations, most frequently between price and number of pages.  There are also some significant associations between price and price per page, and between price and impact factor, but this is not widespread, and can generally be attributed to a small number of titles with exceptional pricing....

Also see the Oxford press release, which emphasizes the results for Oxford journals.