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American Geophysical Union Electronic options!
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- Subject: American Geophysical Union Electronic options!
- From: "Hamaker, Chuck" <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 00:40:31 EST
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Just got the mailer on AGU's new "deal" -the logic driving this pricing seems to be pure fear, and AGU should have long ago gotten over its fear of academic institutions. This pricing is not only agressive its offensive . . JGR Solid Earth: price instutions print or fiche $3,000 Electronic only: less than 50 phd's per year(institution class 4) $4,345. Electronic only: more than 50 phd's per year (class 5 institution) $6,517 plus print raises it to $6879 from $3,000!! add print to electronic only, add $362 JGR all, print $6,400 JGR all Electronic only less than 50 phd's $8,962 JGR all Electronic only more than 50 phd's per year $13,444 AND if you want the all print on top of the electronic add $1,622 to those prices. I believe the library community should send AGU a message that they are retarding access to their literature with such pricing practices.Most other professional /association journals are actively creating a welcoming electronic option. This approach will only mean AGU's titles will be less available to those who need them. Their rationale in the circular letter they sent out is steeped in logic I consider embarassing coming from a professional organization. I fear they could self destruct with this approach. Chuck Hamaker