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June 9, 2010

U of CA and the Nature Publishing Group

An article published in the 6/8/10 web edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education details how the University of California system is facing a 400% increase in the costs of its journal subscriptions to titles published by the Nature Publishing Group for 2011.

A letter was sent out to all U of CA faculty detailing the impasse with NPG. In this letter faculty have begun to organize a system-wide boycott of NPG which would include:

  • suspend all subscriptions to NPG titles (67 in all)
  • decline to peer-review manuscripts for NPG titles
  • resign from NPG title editorial and advisory boards
  • cease to submit papers to NPG titles
  • stop advertising to NPG titles
  • inform colleagues of NPG business practices

U of CA has boycotted Nature titles in the past and the U of M libraries has done the same, although on a very-temporary basis. We have not yet received our 2011 price quotes for NPG titles.

April 27, 2010

Forum on Scholarly Publishing & Scholarly Values

The University of Minnesota Libraries will be sponsoring a forum on May 12, 2010 from 1:30pm-3:30pm called "Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Values: Choosing Our Future." Jason Baird Jackson of Indiana University will discuss the reasons why he founded an open-access journal in response to dissatisfaction with publisher policies while serving as editor of Museum Anthropology. A panel discussion and Q&A session will follow Dr. Jackson's presentation. Faculty and graduate students can find more information about the forum and register online at: http://staff.lib.umn.edu/communications/email/2010/jackson/

August 27, 2009

Panel Discussion on the Future of Scholarly Communication

The University Libraries Scholarly Communication Collaborative is looking for faculty, students, fellows or researchers who would be interested in participating in a panel discussion on the future of scholarly communication. We are looking for a broad range of disciplines and points of view. The workshop/panel discussion is planned for the week of October 19-23, 2009 and will take place sometime during the mid-to late afternoon. If interested, please send an email to: scholcom@umn.edu .