U. of California System Threatens Boycott Over Journal Prices

June 9, 2010

University of California officials are contemplating a widescale boycott of the Nature Publishing Group because of concerns over ever-rising prices of the publisher's journals, according to a letter sent to UC faculty members last week. The letter from the California Digital Library, which is part of the university's Office of the President, says that Nature has said that it will increase by 400 percent the price of the systemwide license it charges UC for access to its 67 journals in 2011. The letter warns that unless Nature sticks to its current licensing agreement, the university's faculty will encourage the system's libraries not only to "suspend their online subscriptions entirely," but also urge professors to decline to participate in the publishing group's peer review process, resign from editorial boards, stop placing job ads in its journals, and "cease to submit papers" to them, among other things.

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