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US universities threaten to cancel subscriptions to Elsevier journals

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:543
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Several of the United State's most prestigious universities are threatening to cancel their subscriptions to scientific journals published by Elsevier, in protest at what they call exorbitant pricing. Stanford University's Faculty Senate, the latest to take action on the issue, also called on academic staff to consider placing their research in “open access” journals.

    Other universities to pass similar resolutions in recent months include Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke, Cornell, the University of Connecticut, the University of California, and North Carolina State University. University librarians say that journal price hikes combined with a weak dollar and falling budgets leave them no choice but to cancel subscriptions.

    Michael Keller, University Librarian at Stanford, said: “It's not just that the prices have risen much …

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