Harvard Faculty Memo Criticizes High Journals Prices, Supports Alternatives

The faculty advisory committee to the Harvard University Library has issued a memorandum to all faculty criticizing the high and ever-increasing prices of journal titles and packages.  The memo notes that “…major periodical subscriptions, especially to electronic journals published by historically key providers, cannot be sustained: continuing these subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable. Doing so would seriously erode collection efforts in many other areas, already compromised.”

Among other actions, the memo recommends that faculty publish in Harvard’s open access repository and open access journals and consider resigning from editorial boards of journals that will not consider open access publishing models or publishers with more reasonable pricing models.

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