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Re: BMJ Journals publishing-what are they doing!

There is only one thing to be pleased about--at least they base their
tiers on the size of the medical program, not the overall size of the

I reserve my real anger for the medical publishers who base their rates on
the total enrollment, making no difference between a university like
UNC-Charlotte or Princeton without a medical school, and a university the
same size where half the people are working in medicine. They usually
justify their policy on the basis of "simplicity." One price for all
pricing does not necessarily mean reasonable pricing. We don't buy those
journals--we don't even consider them. I try not to think about them at
all, and therefore name no names.

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


On Wed, 9 Jan 2002, Hamaker, Chuck wrote:

> BMJ Publishing for 2002 has taken a strange turn:
> To claim "low" increases while in fact making
> outrageous increases, as the whole pricing scheme from BMJ turns out to be
> seems an insult to the library community (which is very pleased-- they
> tell us on their website, with their new institutionally tiered pricing)
> Chuck Hamaker
> UNC Charlotte