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Librarians Seek to Block Merger of Scientific Publishing Giants

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Science  03 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5493, pp. 910-911
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5493.910

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Research librarians have asked the U.S. government to block one of the biggest ever science publishing mergers as part of a battle against spiraling subscription prices and the growing concentration of ownership of academic journals. Their target is the European journal giant Reed Elsevier, which last week announced that it will swallow American rival Harcourt General for $4.5 billion, creating a global company with more than 1500 journals, including a substantial fraction of all biomedical titles.