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Re: Nature

If I were a librarian, I think I would be as unhappy as David is about the
nature of this licence. However as a former publisher I would like to make
two points:

1. There are a very small number of journals like Nature in its
combination of some of the best research papers published in certain
fields (learned journal) and its news and comment (magazine). I do not see
that any licence produced by Nature to cover its particular circumstances
and problems will have any impact on licenses proposed for standard
learned journals.

2. As far as I know, none of the small number of other similar
publications has found a truly satisfactory solution which enables total
content to be made accessible at what is perceived to be a reasonable
price without risking a massive loss of individual subscriptions. I know
there are differing views about the reality of the risk but those
responsible for the maintenance of revenue are surely right to be

Anthony Watkinson
Visiting Professor in Information Science at City University London
14, Park Street, Bladon, Woodstock,
Oxon, England OX20 1RW
phone +44 1993 811561 and fax 1993  810067

----- Original Message -----
From: David Goodman <dgoodman@phoenix.Princeton.EDU>
To: <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 11:22 PM
Subject: Nature

> 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