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Evolving journal costs: implications for publishers, libraries, and readers

Authors: King, Donald W.; Tenopir, Carol

Source: Learned Publishing, Volume 12, Number 4, 1 October 1999 , pp. 251-258(8)

Publisher: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers

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In this article, we summarize the cost implications of print and electronic publishing for scientific scholarly journal publishers, libraries, and scientists. In each case, we developed detailed cost models to demonstrate the importance of factors that affect publishing and decisions made by libraries and scientists to determine whether to subscribe to a journal; if so, in print or electronic medium, and, if not, what alternative information sources to use. In all instances, estimates of unit cost are essential for understanding the dynamics of the economic and systemic interdependencies of publishers, libraries, and readers.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: October 1, 1999

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