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Re: Cambridge Journals Online

We looked at Cambridge to see if we agree with Warren that we have nothing
to thank them for.  They publish 157 journals - we looked at a sample of
61.  The average price was $287.52, ranging from two annuals at $69 and
$80 apiece to Journal of Physiology - 29 issues per year for $2298 - and
Journal of Fluid Mechanics with 24 issues for $1560.

We happen also to have recently updated our list of MCB journals and their
prices - we looked at all 124 MCB titles and found the average price per
journal in 2000 is at $2,650, up $278 per journal.

When we consider renewals for 2001, we will certainly keep in mind that
Cambridge is providing us with journals which cost per annum about the
amount of one year;s "inflation" in an MCB title and whose most expensive
journals are less expensive than the "average" MCB title.

It seems to me reasonable to speculate that such a publisher , though
floundering in dealing with the networked environment, might nonetheless
be a better long term investment for libraries.

Not with regard to this particular discussion, but in general, it seems to
me odd that when a journal charges $100 for "electronic access," we
frequently object.  But if the electronic access is "free" and the price
goes up $100, we think that is ok.

Margaret Landesman


From:           	David Goodman <dgoodman@princeton.edu>
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Subject:        	Re: Cambridge Journals Online
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Date sent:      	Sat, 29 Jan 2000 04:24:28 EST

I am grateful for the slight improvement in access to Cambridge Univ.
Press journals, because moving the registration requirements from the
initial connect to the place where full text is requested will probably
make their extremely tricky authorization process slightly easier for the
users. We have deferred even listing most of their titles on our e-journal
page because of the registration difficulties; if it in fact proves
simpler and more reliable we might now list a few more.

Here, the decision whether to consider a resource as available if it
requires the users to tell the publisher their names, depends on the
selector. Most of my colleagues will not generally consider doing so on a
long term basis, but will do so for trials and temporary arrangements if
no charge is made.

I certainly hope the publisher follows up the hint in the last paragraph,
and eliminates the requirement altogether.  When we consider renewals for
2001, I at least will consider the availability of proper online access to
be an important consideration.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:   Susan Soule [SMTP:ssoule@cup.org]
> Sent:   Monday, January 24, 2000 8:47 PM
> Subject:        RE:
> [This message is posted to multiple lists - apologies for duplication].
> Cambridge University Press is pleased to announce some changes to the
> Cambridge Journals Online service.
> Username and password registration for the service is now required only
> for access to full-text articles, customized services, and activation of
> institutional subscriptions.
> All other features of the service -- searching and viewing of tables of
> contents and article abstracts, general information, a demonstration of
> the service, the terms of use, the available titles listing, online help,
> and a user feedback section -- are readily accessible to all users,
> registered or not.
> Users wishing to view the full text of articles, utilize customized
> services such as e-mail alerting, or activate institutional subscriptions
> will still need to have a username and a password registered with the
> service.  Full-text access will still be restricted to those individuals
> whose institutions subscribe to the requested journal, and the
> institution=92s subscription will still need to be activated by the
> institution=92s librarian or information services department prior to
> receiving access.
> Registered users may continue to allow a =93cookie=94 to be placed on
> their hard disks, so that the logon process will be bypassed for the one-
> year duration of the cookie.  Note that subsequent logons from those
> computers containing cookies will reset each machine's cookie and so
> extend the expiration date.
> For those users accessing the service via bookmarked pages, please note
> that some URLs for the site have changed; reloading or refreshing those
> bookmarks will allow such users to access the correct pages on the site.
> Further refinements to the Cambridge Journals Online service are also
> planned, including reference linking; a revised access system for
> institutional users; and e-commerce functionality.  More information about
> these will follow.
> For more information, please contact cjo@cup.org
> Sincerely,
> Susan Soule
> Journals Marketing Manager
> Cambridge University Press - North American Branch
> ssoule@cup.org

David Goodman 
Biology Librarian, and
Co-Chair, Electronic Journals Task Force
Princeton University Library 
dgoodman@princeton.edu         http://www.princeton.edu/~biolib/
phone: 609-258-3235            fax: 609-258-2627

Margaret Landesman
Head, Collection Development
Marriott Library
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0860
phone: (801) 581-7741
fax: (801) 585-3464
e-mail: mlandesm@library.utah.edu