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It is absurd to expect an institution to buy access to part only of a
journal, and the other part coming months later. The relevant Princeton
selectors have decided unanimously that they will not buy under such
terms--not even the best scientific journal in the world, and that's what
Nature is.
We can expect to succeed in getting Nature to continue to be a responsible
scientific publisher and publish the entire content to all subscribers, if
they are unable to sell it on other terms.

I would hazard a guess that it Nature contrary to all probability actually
succeeds in selling this plan, other publishers are likely to follow. Then
full access to key journals will be available only to those who can afford
personal subscriptions. I do not think that's the purpose of academic
libraries--or any libraries.

 David Goodman, Princeton University Biology Library				
dgoodman@princeton.edu            609-258-3235

On Mon, 29 Jan 2001, Harbert, Cathy wrote:

> It has been several months since Nature released its new site licenses for
> institutions.   I would like to find out how many libraries have decided to
> purchase the institutional site licenses for online access.  
> Cathy Harbert, Manager of Library Services	
> Howard Hughes Medical Institute
> 4000 Jones Bridge Road 
> Chevy Chase MD 20815
> phone:  301-215-8661
> fax:  301-215-8663
> harbertc@hhmi.org