Yearly price increases in journal subscriptions, frequently exceeding the rate of inflation, have created budgetary issues for academic libraries -- resulting in fewer journal subscriptions both online and in print. Journal increases are often 30% or more per year, and library budgets often cannot meet these increases, so libraries must cancel existing journal subscriptions and make deep cuts in purchases of books and other resources.
What Can Faculty Do?
- Talk with your subject specialist to learn more about journal prices in your field
- Get more information about open access publishing
- Advocate for change among your colleagues
- Sticker Shock (Cornell University) - Compares 2008 scholarly journal prices to consumer goods and services such as round-trip airfare and new cars
- Journal Cost-Effectiveness - "Use this search engine to find internationally-published journals and rank them by price per article or citation"
- Monograph and Serial Expenditures at ARL Libraries, 1986-2011 (Association of Research Libraries)