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Re: Best Journal Aggregator for Biomedicine

The situation is even worse than that--

"The only part of Nature currently available as full text on-line is the
science-policy news, in an archive that dates back to June 1995." 

Science is willing to license only on a workstation by workstation basis

Cell Press will give a campus license for Cell & its other 3 journals, but
charges a rate by quotation that is several times the paper rate
(approximately equal to the total gross revenue they get from all paper
subscriptions on campus). 

Another key publisher that causes problems is Current Biology, which
charges a 25% surcharge over paper per individual workstation for each of
its group of review journals. They say they will work through OCLC--I do
not know how OCLC's software would handle the workstation limitation, if
any library were so wealthy and foolish to subscribe at that rate.

Even worse is Chronicle of Higher Education, which has the online version
available only to individual subscribers, and not to libraries at all. 

The reason for this, according to the publishers, is that these journals
receive a very high percentage of their revenue from advertising, with the
rate they can charge advertisers dependent on the number of personal
subscriptions, and they are consequently worried about the loss of
individual subscriptions if they sell campus licenses. I must admit that I
do not understand this, as actual web readership, which is certainly
measureable, would seem at least equally usable. Most medical journals,
which are also dependent upon advertising, have a more reasonable
policy--some are even free online. 

David Goodman, Princeton University Biology Library            609-258-3235

On Thu, 5 Mar 1998, Nancy Fadis wrote:

> Nancy Fadis@SCIOS
> 03/05/98 10:35 AM
> Neither Blackwell's nor OCLC handle three of the biggies for biomedicine --
> Science, Nature and Cell.  Does anyone know of an aggregator who does or
> must one license their electronic versions directly from the publisher?
> Nancy Fadis
> Manager, Library and Information Services
> Scios Inc.
> Mountain View, CA
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