Big Deals and No Big Deals with Elsevier
European Economic Assn Disowns Elsevier's EER, and
starts new JEEA
New Open Access Journal in Economics is launched (Aug 2005).
Check out Morgan
Stanley's research report
gets the loot?
on executive pay
Manual of Apologies for
Did you think politicians had a monopoly on meretricious
P.T. Barnum List
Would you believe that there are two economics journals that
than $8000 per year but have almost no citations? Who are the
that subscribe to them?
The Parable of the Anarchists' annual
Why doesn't competition eliminate
excess profits in the journal industry?
Papers on Journal Pricing
This link includes papers that I have written or coauthored on
pricing and a couple of responses from writers who disagreed with my
Why are we doing free referee
work for rogue journals that skim
huge profits from our research budgets and restrict access to
at the richest universities?
Paul Courant, Preston McAfee and
I are collecting information on prices paid by libraries to large
publishers for Big Deal bundled site licenses. Many of these
contracts have confidentiality clauses that were insisted on by the
publishers. Fortunately most state open records acts overrule
these clauses in contracts with state institutions. We are requesting
copies from state universities by invoking state open record
acts. We are also requesting copies of contracts that do not have
confidentiality clauses from universities and other agencies to which
open records acts do not apply.
Elizabeth Dhuey and I
have recently updated my data on
per page and per citation for about 300 economics journals.
The data is now available for 2004 as well as for 1999. We also
collected some data on prices and values of physics
- Databases on prices and citations in all disciplines
Preston McAfee and I,
with the assistance of Vera te Velda, have assembled a
database that records price per article, price per
citation, and for-profit status of about 7000
academic journals in all disciplines and classifies them as
"good, medium, or bad buys".
I have been working with Carl Bergstrom, Jevin West, and Ben Althauser
of the University of Washington, using a Google-like algorithm to
construct recursively weighted citation scores for more than
20,000 journals, newspapers, and other media.
Studies for Other Disciplines
Will the problem of overpriced commercial journals be less severe,
as we move from print access to electronic journals?
What should the role of university libraries be in all this?
I have pointed out before that by far the most expensive journals in
economics are two journals published by Emerald Press. See my
discussion of the P.T. Barnum List. A librarian
at Cornell has discovered some even more remarkable wool that this
publisher has been able to pull over gullible eyes.
Some professional societies whose journals had been captured and
by commercial publishers have broken away from these publishers and
new competing journals. There is also a growing number of
new reasonably priced (and sometimes free) electronic journals.
It is in your interest to put all
of your papers on the web
so that all can access them. Some tips on how to do this.