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Re: News Release: Project Transfer
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Joe and all: Having been in circumstances wherein a learned journal's contract with current publisher is ending and we are reviewing new proposals: there can be mission-critical reasons for increase in prices. In the most recent situation that I know, the current publisher is not well able to provide for the needed expansion and infrastructure of said journal. Even staying with the same publisher would lead to a larger price increase; moving will facilitate and enable the journal's projected, appropriate growth -- which will thus raise the subscriber cost more than we (librarians) might have expected. Nonetheless, it is beneficial to move, etc.
A responsible journal will describe and explain such a decision. There can be many reasons for prices to increase, and one shouldn't be quick to always blame a change of publisher for that, without having more facts to hand. But we should and can ask for facts. Ann Okerson/Yale Library
On Thu, 10 May 2007, Joseph J. Esposito wrote:
The proposed Code of Practice appears to be a good idea. It may have some unintended consequences, however, which participants in scholarly communications may wish to consider.
The Code is for "Journals Transferring Between Publishers." You may well ask why journals transfer. There are many reasons, but to name just a few: money, access to technology, new managment, and marketing. While there are exceptions, transfers typically occur from small publishers to larger ones (which may themselves be not-for-profit) and often from not-for-profit publishers to commercial organizations.
Members of this list may wish to confirm or challenge my hypothesis that journals that transfer are more likely to have above-average price increases than journals that do not transfer.
Thus the Code, which facilitates transfer, is likely to result in a smooth transfer AND higher prices. Is the Code a good idea? Yes. Are higher prices a good idea? It depends on whether you are buying or selling.
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From: "Acreman, Beverley" <Beverley.Acreman@tandf.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 8:50 AM
Subject: News Release: Project Transfer
UKSG Working Group "Project Transfer" invites Publishers to sign-up to an agreed Code of Practice to Improve Procedures for Journals Transferring Between Publishers
Oxford, UK - 9th May 2007- Project Transfer is inviting publishers to sign up to a Code of Practice which aims to improve the procedures and policies surrounding the transfer of journals between publishers. The Code has been drafted with extensive help from many of the major international publishing houses and has already been applauded as an excellent step forward by the contributing library community.
The Code outlines a set of guidelines for both the Transferring and the Receiving publisher in any journal transfer. Comprehensive in its detail, the Code covers the thorny issues of ongoing access provision to online content, exchange of subscriber lists, DOI and URL transfer as well as the division and definition of born-digital versus newly digitized backfile content.
The Project Transfer Working Group is inviting publishers to sign up to this Code through the Project website: <http://www.projecttransfer.org/> where the Code of Practice can also be found. Full details of the Code were launched at the UKSG Annual Conference in Warwick (16-18 April 2007).
More information is available on the UKSG website: www.uksg.org/transfer