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Serials Payments Dates

The problem is not turning off access. Publishers are generally very
helpful about that. The problem is that many libraries fix their budgets
around September and need to know what their commitments will be. The
delay in notifying us of firm prices is an old problem. Ann Okerson will
remember the "Firm Prices" initiative ARL and SCONUL organised around ten
years ago, which was successful in getting early notification of prices
for a while but the good practice seems to have lapsed.

Fred Friend

> At SCIENCE our policy  is a 2 month grace period before access is turned
> off.
> Tom Ryan
> Director, Site Licensing

Frederick J. Friend
Honorary Director Scholarly Communication
University College London=20
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