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To me, this is another example of publishers charging add on fees that
will cost more to collect than they're worth. That this is such a major
respected and generaly progressive society publisher adds to the
absurdity. $100s of dollars in clerical work ond confusion on both
sides--all three sides if you count the agents--just to collect $50 fees.

The idea behind society publishing to to collect enough money to publish
the material, not to attain perfect balance between each detailed element
of the cost and the revenue. Let's not duplicate the trap print publishing
fell into, wher so much of the cost is general overhead.

When I and other criticize the commercial publishers, they generally reply
that the major societies are at least as bad. Here's some more evidence
for that.

David Goodman, Princeton University
Biology Librarian and 		
co-chair, electronic Journals Task force		
dgoodman@princeton.edu            609-258-3235

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Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 16:19:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ann Okerson <ann.okerson@yale.edu>
Reply-To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu

From: Christine Orr <CORR@AIP.ORG>

The American Institute of Physics is pleased to announce that subscribers
to AIP journals now have free online access to six years' worth of newly
digitized backfiles. The free-access period runs from September 1 through
December 31, 2000.

For each of the seven journals involved, the new backfiles provide more
than double the number of available online articles. In all, the backfiles
add nearly 50,000 articles to AIP's Online Journal Publishing Service
(OJPS) platform.

The journals are Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics,
Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Physics of
Fluids, Physics of Plasmas, and Review of Scientific Instruments. For the
latter six titles, current subscriptions include access to volumes from
1997 to 1999 and the new backfiles add the volume years 1991 through 1996.
Applied Physics Letters currently includes access to articles from 1995
through 1999, so the backfile for APL covers 1991 through 1994. Another
AIP journal, the quarterly Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of
Nonlinear Science, already includes the complete online archive since its
inception in 1991, and so is not affected by the new files.

Libraries have the option of adding the 1991-1996 backfiles to their 2001
subscriptions for a nominal fee of $50 ($75 for our two large journals,
Journal of Applied Physics and Journal of Chemical Physics). We chose this
route, instead of unilaterally packaging the backfiles with each
subscription, in order to avoid any price impact for libraries that see
little use of the online journals or that have not yet registered for
online access. While all 2001 subscriptions from AIP include a 4-year
backfile (1997-2000 or 1995-2000 for APL), librarians now have the choice
of providing those titles with a 10-year backfile (1991-2000).

The optional fees purchase a massive amount of newly digitized research
information. For example, Journal of Applied Physics will have
approximately 13,300 articles online with a regular subscription in 2001.
With the extended backfile, subscribers will have access to some 29,900
online articles. For details about the other journals, please see

If you want to provide the added content, be sure to indicate this to your
vendor or to AIP on your renewal order. Please note that subscribers to
AIP combination packages will automatically receive the extended

Thank you.

Douglas LaFrenier
Director of Marketing
American Institute of Physics
Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle
Melville, NY 11747
Fax: 516-576-2374
Email: dlafren@aip.org