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Re: Wiley 2002 access policy

(Please excuse duplicate receipts)

Many people on this list will remember at the end of 1998 Wiley ended
the extended trial phase of Wiley InterScience and entered the
commercial phase. Prices went up a staggering 20% (on average) and in
many cases much more (cf. Biomedical Libraries Acquisitions Bulletin
Number 63 Nov. 12, 1998,
http://www2.mc.duke.edu/BLAB/BLAB63/BLAB63a.html and Sigfrid Baers
Article "Das gro�e W�rgen" (The big choke), Laborjournal, 4/1999,
http://www.biotech-europe.de/rubric/editorials/verlage.html that cites
an open letter of the Acquisitions commission of the German Library
Institute,  signed also by representatives of Dutch, Austrian and Suisse
libraries - english version available at
http://www.ub.uni-siegen.de/pub/misc/Offener_Brief-engl.pdf ). 

That was at least 10 percent points above the "industry average" for 1999.
So the "Basic Access" was never "free" for library customers, it was just
bundled with rising print prices.

Now Wiley offers "unbundling" of e-access and print, again connected with
a hidden price increase of 5% (in addition to the "normal" price increase
from 2001 to 2002 about which Wiley remains silent). The only way such an
"unbundling" is acceptable, is setting "e-access + print combined" = 100%,
"print only" or "e-access only" 95%, or rather "print only" 95% and
"e-access" only 90% (only this seems consistent with Wiley's Enhanced
Access License where e-access is valued as 5% and print as 10% of the
format independent content fee). So Wiley should answer the question what
the mean price increase for their journals will be for 2002, and they
better should see that it is at least 5 percent points less that last
year. Anyway, it's obvious that the sort of "Basic Access" offered is
nothing more than offered hitherto (only one simultaneous user/journal, in
general no campuswide access because of geographically limited "site"
definition) and therefore warrants no additional payments. If Wiley tries
it nevertheless, our library will be forced to react with cancellations to
compensate the price hike.

Since the marginal costs of an additional e-journals subscription is close
to zero, it seems unreasonable that e-only access should not be cheaper
than print only. Furthermore, with this pricing, e-only is totally
unattractive for customers that have to pay full VAT on electronic
products (e.g., in Germany or even more in Britain).

Several things remain unclear with the BAL:
- What is the future policy with respect to pricing of back issues?
- Is there full flexibility to decide which titles to take e-access
  only, print only or e-access + print combined?
- Is the base journal fee based on the actual price or the US
  subscription price?
- What is the policy with respect to duplicates? May they be canceled
  without reservation?

And what about Duplicates with the Enhanced Access License? Do they count
for "Current Holdings" (obviously they should not, but instead be
calculated with 10% of the subscription list price if not cancelled)?


Bernd-Christoph Kaemper | E-Mail: kaemper@ub.uni-stuttgart.de 
Universitaetsbibliothek Stuttgart | http://www.ub.uni-stuttgart.de/ 
Informationsvermittlungsstelle / CD-ROM-Service und Digitale Medien 
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-->   http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/2002_access.html

>From Wiley InterScience:

Dear Customer,

Some new, more flexible options are now available to you as an 2002
Wiley institutional journal subscriber.  Beginning in 2002, print and
e-access journal subscriptions through Wiley InterScience are unbundled
allowing you to choose the option that is best for your user community:

     * Print Only
     * E-Access Only - Basic Access License   (BAL)
     * Print & E-Access - Basic Access License   (BAL)
     * Enhanced Access License   (EAL)

Whether you choose print or e-access, the annual base journal
subscription fee is the same. For an additional 5% over the
base journal fee, you may choose a print/e-access package.
Upgrading to our Enhanced Access License has been simplified
making it easier for you to gain unlimited concurrent usage
for your institution.  Furthermore, our 2002 Enhanced Access
License features new and expanded user privileges.

Additional details about our 2002 Wiley InterScience licensing
options follow.


A Basic Access License (BAL) is an e-access option available
for single-site customers only  (A site is a single, geographically
contiguous office building or complex or campus location plus
dial-in access via the Licensee's secure network.)

In 2001, BAL's were bundled with print  subscriptions.
Beginning in 2002, you now have options to
match your needs: print, BAL, or a print/BAL package.

By choosing either the BAL or the print/BAL package, your
institution gains several benefits, including:

     * Seamless IP address access to full text of licensed titles
       for all authorized users.
     * Ability to browse and search tables of contents and abstracts
       of all online journals, major reference works and
       Current Protocols.
     * Remote access for authorized users though your institution's
       secure network
     * EarlyView service enabling users to access articles as soon
       as they are ready before the release of the print issue.
     * ContentAlerts enabling users to request and receive via
       e-mail tables of contents from any of the Wiley InterScience
     * Free online samples copies and articles from unlicensed
       journals, major references and Current Protocols.
     * CrossRef linking allowing users to jump from an online
       reference to the content of the cited article which may
       be located on a different server and published by a
       different publisher.



As a special offer to all our 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.


Enhanced Access Licenses are available for any institution,
from single site to multi-national, as well as consortia.
The new 2002 model for Enhanced Access Licenses has been dramatically
simplified, eliminating sites as a factor and unbundling print and

As an Enhanced Access License customer you benefit from all
the features listed above under the BAL, plus you will enjoy additional
features and privileges, including:

     * Unlimited concurrent usage to licensed titles, including
       current year and all available online back volumes.
     * Ability to purchase print subscriptions at 10% of list price.
     * Licenses of 1 to 5 years in duration with negotiable
       price caps.
     * ArticleSelect, a new Wiley InterScience service, allowing
       you to provide access to articles in unlicensed titles to
       your authorized users.
     * Ability to extent roaming access privileges so users
       can access Wiley InterScience directly from wherever
       they may be.
     * Account manager who will handle all your licensing needs
       and assist with any Wiley InterScience questions.
     * Monthly usage reports offering title by title detail.

To find out more about the new Enhanced Access License options,
contact your account manager:

     North, Central and South America:
     Wiley InterScience Coordinator
     e-mail: uscs-wis@wiley.com
     fax: (212) 850-6021

     All other regions:
     Wiley InterScience Coordinator
     e-mail: cs-wis@wiley.co.uk
     fax: +44 (0) 1243 843232

We at Wiley are extremely proud of our online content
delivery service, Wiley InterScience.  Now, with these
improved licensing options, we are happy to work with you
to help you select the most appropriate one for your user
community.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Wiley InterScience
Customer Service