UC versus NPG: First Round

UC threatens ‘systemwide boycott’ of Nature Publishing Group – June 09, 2010 by Daniel Cressey, The Great Beyond (a Nature blog), June 9, 2010. Excerpts:

The University of California is mulling a boycott of Nature Publishing Group in response to what it claims is a proposed 400% increase in subscription fees to the group’s journals, a letter from the university’s libraries reveals.


Nature News has asked NPG for a response to the letter. It will be posted here as soon as we have it.

The letter is: Re: Informational Update on a Possible UC Systemwide Boycott of the Nature Publishing Group, California Digital Library, University of California, June 4, 2010.

More about the letter:

U. of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs by Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 8, 2010.

California throws the gauntlet in NPG’s face by Dorothea Salo, The Book of Trogool, June 8, 2010.

Possible Boycott of Nature Publishing Group Journals: an Open Letter from Gary Strong, University Librarian, to UCLA Faculty by Gary E Strong, Louise M Darling Biomedical Library Blog, June 8, 2010.

Some relevant FriendFeed entries, dated: [June 8][June 8[[June 9][June 9].

Comment: This is just Round One of what should be a very interesting fight negotiation. What will be the response by NPG to the letter from UC?

Added June 10, 2010: A response from NPG: Public statement from Nature Publishing Group regarding subscription renewals at California Digital Library (CDL), June 9, 2010. Found via: California libraries gearing up for fight against Nature (Updated) by John Timmer, Ars Technica, June 9, 2010.

Added June 12, 2010: Response to the public statement from NPG: Response from the University of California to the Public statement from Nature Publishing Group regarding subscription renewals at the California Digital Library, June 10, 2010. Found via: Nature Publishing Group Defends Its Price Increase for U. of California by Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 9, 2010.

See also: Librarians at the gate over licensing rate by Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, June 11, 2010.



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    See also: Musings on worms turning by Dorothea Salo, The Book of Trogool, June 9, 2010.

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    Support for UC-Nature ban by Megan Scudellari, TheScientist.com, June 10, 2010.

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    Fight Club soap by Bethany Nowviskie, June 9, 2010.

    Shrinking budgets + skyrocketing subscription fees = UC boycott of NPG by Janet D Stemwedel, Adventures in Ethics and Science, June 9, 2010.

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    Nature Publishing Group – Dark Side, Light Side by Charles J Greenberg, http://www.openbiomed.info, June 14, 2010.

    Is the Traditional Publishing Industry Becoming Obsolete? By Ruth M Shipley, SMR Information Solutions, June 14, 2010.

    Scooped in a good way by my own brother re Nature-UC dispute by Jonathan A Eisen, The Tree of Life, June 11, 2010.

    Communicating to faculty about Nature Publishing Group by Steve Lawson, See Also…, June 11, 2010.

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    “It’s quiet—too quiet;” with a digression into online social media by Dorothea Salo, The Book of Trogool, June 15, 2010.

    Nature Publishing Group and the University of California – Some pointers and thoughts by Christina Pikas, Christina’s LIS Rant, June 10, 2010.

    university of california vs. nature publishing: trend.ly, June 12, 2010. Found via: Long Overdue, Librarians Rise Up In (Polite) Rage by Maria Bustillos, The Awl, June 10, 2010.

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    Boycotting (Human) Nature | Peer to Peer Review by Barbara Fister, Library Journal, June 17, 2010.

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    Richard Smith: University of California takes on Nature Publishing Group, BMJ Group blogs, June 10, 2010. (Richard Smith was editor of the BMJ until 2004).

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    California against Nature by Peter Suber, SPARC Open Access Newsletter, July 2, 2010. Essay on UCalif’s threatened boycott of Nature. [Twitter entry].

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    Nature Publishing Group and the University of California make nice – August 25, 2010, The Great Beyond (a Nature blog). [Connotea bookmark]. Following a meeting on August 17, both parties have put out a statement. Excerpt: “We look forward to a successful planning and experimentation process that results in mutual agreement that serves all stakeholder groups-NPG, the UC libraries, and the scholar community, thus avoiding the need for the boycott that had been discussed at an earlier stage.”

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