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HighWire launches "Shop for Journals"
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- Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 19:15:11 -0500 (EST)
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Of possible interest. ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 10:59:35 -0800 From: Bonnie Zavon <email@example.com> Subject: HighWire launches "Shop for Journals" FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 15, 2003 HighWire Launches "Shop for Journals" Palo Alto, CA. Stanford University's HighWire Press announced the launch of a new feature for institutions, 'Shop for Journals'. 28 society publishers, with content hosted on HighWire, have banded together to create an easy way to select from an initial list of 60 journal titles and create custom packages, with more titles expected to join in the New Year. To support this program, these publishers have developed a standard set of Guidelines for Institutional Access (defining authorized use and users), and have agreed to use a common tiered pricing model, based on type of institution. http://highwire.stanford.edu/shopforjournals "Shop for Journals is the gateway to something we are calling an 'Open Package'," says Michael Clarke, Senior Managing Editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who led the Shop for Journals initiative. "The concept of the Open Package grew out of our conversations with serials librarians. They told us that they liked the idea that the Big Deal offers: holding down costs by acquiring a large number of titles at reduced prices. However, they also told us that the problem with Big Deal packages is that they may include a lot of titles that an institution does not need or want." The Shop for Journals Open Package is a way for institutions to pick and choose which titles they want, obtain the correct pricing for their institution, and to purchase them through one simple mechanism. Along with the customized price chart, there are options for a librarian to send a custom package of titles and prices to their regular subscription agent, to contact the publishers directly to purchase, or to send a subscription request through the HighWire system to serials agent, Otto Harrassowitz KG. The advantage of this third option is that most new subscriptions will be available online immediately after confirmation of the order. "In the future, our intent is for the participating publishers to introduce a discounting system for new subscriptions," says Mr. Clarke, the leader of the task force of 50 HighWire-affiliated publishers. "We think this will present librarians with a better alternative to the Big Deal, one that provides them with similar savings, but does not lock them into titles they do not need." "We are excited to participate in this collaborative effort, as we recognize that shrinking library budgets are increasingly going to the 'easiest' buy, rather than the highest quality titles," says Meg McGough, Marketing Manager of the Histochemical Society. "With the wealth of research by the scholarly community that is hosted at HighWire today, we strongly support this group effort to simplify the purchasing process for each of our independent society journals." To compliment the Shop for Journals feature, HighWire offers a variety of other tools to make a librarian's work easier. See: http://highwire.stanford.edu/institutions for links to manage subscriptions, including viewing usage reports across most journals administered, and the ability to maintain IP addresses in one place for multiple journals. About HighWire Press HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries, produces the online versions of 346 high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content. Recipient of the 2003 ALPSP Award for "Service to Not-for-Profit Publishing", HighWire partners with influential scholarly societies, university presses and publishers to create a collection of the finest, fully searchable research and clinical literature online. Together, these partners produce nearly half of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals publishing in science. Since 1995, with the launch of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), to the continuous online production of hundreds of prestigious journals, such as Science Magazine, the New England Journal of Medicine, PNAS and JAMA, HighWire has established an outstanding reputation for helping to disseminate primary scientific information on the Web. For further information, go to www.highwire.org or, for readers outside the U.S: http://intl.highwire.org - 30 - For more information: - Bonnie Zavon, Public Relations, HighWire Press [firstname.lastname@example.org] - Michael Clarke, Senior Managing Editor, American Academy of Pediatrics [email@example.com]
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