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Re: Wiley 2002 Access Policy

According to the publisher, the basic license for 2002 will be *exactly*
the same as for 2001, EXCEPT that:

> for institutional customers who have
> activated their Basic Access License before December 31, 2001,
> your institution will retain access to all available online back
> volumes of your currently subscribed journals.

and those who don't will not get back years. Presumably everyone who gets
Wiley titles has already activated their licenses to the e-journal
versions of them.  As I read it, if one were to subscribe to a new Wiley
title for 2002, one would not get access to the backfile. I do not know if
that is what they intend.

As for statistics, Elsevier does not offer them for their "free" Elsevier
"Web Editions" most-recent 12 months access to subscribed print titles. So
this is nothing new. I find both policies exceedingly strange and
counterproductive from the publisher's point of view: surely they want to
show us how much the titles are used. The use of the most recent 12 months
of an electronic title might more than equal the total use of the print,
thus doubling the use and halving the cost per user. This can only work to
their benefit. Unless, of course, if it shows no use ...

 Ann Okerson wrote:

> >From Alfred Kraemer:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Alfred Kraemer" <akraemer@mcw.edu>
> To: <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
> Subject: Wiley 2002 access policy
> Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 10:37:53 -0500
> I suspect many of the subscribers to this list have received the Wiley
> InterScience 2002 access policy.
> After a first reading of the email from Wiley I feel the access policy
> raises many questions and concerns about the costs/benefits of licenses to
> journals with very limiting access options.
> The announced Wiley access policy presents two different electronic access
> options - with differences that are somewhat obscure:
> 1. Basic Access License (BAL) available for an additional 5% over the
> 'base journal fee'. The base journal fee seems to be the price of a print
> subscription.
> Although it is not stated in the 'list of benefits' it appears to me that
> the BAL does not include access to the full electronic archive - that is
> listed as one of the 'benefits' of the Enhanced Access License (EAL).
> Therefore, what does the BAL include concerning electronic archive access
> and number of simultaneous users?
> In addition, I find it unacceptable that a major journal publisher does
> not offer usage data with a separately priced electronic license. (Usage
> stats are one of the 'benefits' of the EAL). If further clarification from
> the publisher about the differences between BAL and EAL, confirm a
> significant extra cost for e-access to Wiley journals we have to be able
> to make choices on usage data.
> 2. By the way, no pricing information is listed with the EAL.
> On a somewhat 'sour' note: Many of you will remember the Wiley price
> increase in the first year when Wiley included a limited e-access option
> with the print subscription. Some subscription prices increased by about
> 20% within one year!
> Please share your information/assessment of the new Wiley access policy.
> Thank you.
> Alfred Kraemer
> Head, Technical Services
> Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries
> 8701 Watertown Plank Road
> Milwaukee, WI 53226
> Phone: 414-456-4273
> E-Mail: akraemer@mcw.edu