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RE: R&D spending and library spending

Chuck, Jan,

But if ARL libraries are buying serials that include articles=20
from scientists the world over (which I guess they do), surely=20
you need to look at global R&D spending (both government funded=20
and corporate) to make a comparison.

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-----Original Message-----
[mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu] On Behalf Of Hamaker, Chuck
Sent: 02 March, 2006 1:23 AM
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
Subject: FW: R&D spending and library spending

Science & Engineering Indicators, 2004

Support for Academic R&D: current dollars.

1986=09$10,928 (in millions of dollars)
2001=09$32,723 (in millions of dollars)
Ratio: 2001/1986=092.986

ARL Average library expenditures for serials

Ratio 2001/1986=093.29

I think this means ARL libraries average expenditures for serials=20
have been running ahead of Academic R&D dollar increases.

Chuck Hamaker
Associate University Librarian Collections and Technical Services Atkins
Library University of North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte, NC 28223 phone 70=

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu] On
Behalf Of Jan Velterop
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 5:38 PM
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
Subject: R&D spending and library spending

Chuck writes:

> Library expenditures for serials HAVE risen in line with research
> spending. You are complaining about something else?

Not so much a complaint, Chuck, but more an observation. Heather=20
finds it inconceivable that budgets rise in line with the=20
production of scientific literature and yet the production of=20
scientific literature is, broadly, a direct consequence of=20
spending on R&D. The NSF reports a compound annual growth rate=20
(CAGR) of 9.15% for R&D spending in the US in the 5 years between=20
1998 and 2003 (a 55% increase in total:

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf05315/). If US serials=20
expenditures have gone up by the same percentage each year, I'll=20
eat my words, and I'd be delighted to do that.

However, in the period covered by the ARL graph=20
(http://www.arl.org/ newsltr/204/big1.html) -- still often used=20
even though it covers 1986-1998 -- the CAGR for serials prices is=20
8.8%. Price rises probably reached their peak in that period and=20
have been going down since, so this percentage is likely to be=20
smaller for 1998-2003.  For serial expenditures the CAGR in the=20
same, earlier, period is 8%. If you are right, that has=20
materially gone up since.

Perhaps there's someone on this list who has these figures for=20
the period 1998-2003 to compare them with the NSF R&D statistics?

Jan Velterop