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Between a rock and a hard place: the big squeeze for small publishers

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The combination of decreased income as a result of the RoweCom collapse, cuts in library budgets internationally, and the success of 'Big Deal' bundling arrangements has serious repercussions for smaller and society publishers. This paper argues that the scholarly communications environment is going to become increasingly hostile for these publishers and that their best chance of survival may be to adapt to new business models, in particular open access.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2004

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  • Editor in Chief: Pippa Smart
    North American Editor: Judy Luther

    Learned Publishing is the journal of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, published in collaboration with the Society for Scholarly Publishing. The journal is published quarterly in January/April/July/October.

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