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New Journals Launched to Fight Rising Prices

Science  30 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5390, pp. 853-854
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5390.853a

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A librarian-led rebellion against spiraling prices for commercial scientific journals has gained some new allies. Last week, Britain's Royal Society of Chemistry announced plans to launch a low-cost journal that will compete directly with a more expensive commercial publication, and a prominent ecologist has taken the unusual step of defecting from a successful title he founded a decade ago to start a lower cost competitor. Both ventures are backed by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that is encouraging scientific societies and rebel publishers to create journals that compete head to head with commercial titles.