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.
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.