[LIS-Forum] LISU Study on Journal Pricing commissioned by Oxford University Press

Kaushik kginfo at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 22:35:37 IST 2007

*From:* Ghosh, Kaushik
*Sent:* Wednesday, September 05, 2007 1:15 PM
*To:* 'lis-forum at ncsi.iisc.ernet.in'
*Subject:* LISU Study on Journal Pricing commissioned by Oxford University
*Importance:* High

Dear LIS Professionals & Academicians ,

An updated study examining trends in journals pricing from 2000-2006 has
been released by LISU, based at Loughborough University. The report,
commissioned by Oxford Journals, Journal Division of Oxford University Press
updates findings from a previous study conducted in 2004, and offers
valuable insights into journal subscription prices, looking at overall
price, as well as price per page, and price per point of impact factor.

The research updates the previous findings on pricing for biomedical
journals, and has also been extended to analyze pricing for social science
titles. Findings within the report show little variation to the original
data published in 2004: there are continued trends in price variance across
publishers, including median price increases ranging from 42% to 104% for
biomedical titles, and 47% to 120% for social science titles. Median journal
prices also continue to vary widely between publishers for both these
disciplines, ranging from £198 to £859 in biomedical titles, and £119 to
£513 in the Social Sciences.

Trends in Scholarly Journal Prices 2000-2006 (Sonya White & Claire Creaser,
LISU, 2007)  is freely available from the LISU website as a downloadable

Print copies can be purchased for £50 [post paid in the UK] from:
LISU, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 635680, Fax: 01509 635699,
Email: lisu at lboro.ac.uk and

*Further information on the report:*
• Over 8,000 journals were included in the analysis.
• Publishers included in the analysis were:
o Blackwell Publishing
o Cambridge University Press
o Elsevier
o Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
o Nature (specialist journals)
o Oxford Journals
o Springer
o Sage
o Taylor and Francis
o University of Chicago Press
o Wiley

*Key Findings*
• Median journal prices ranged from £198 to £859 for biomedical titles, and
£119 to £513 for social science titles in 2006
• Increases in the median journal price between 2000 and 2006 varied from
42% to 104% in biomedical titles and 47% to 120% for social science titles.
• Median price per page ranged from 31p to £1.06 for biomedical titles, and
13p to 93p for social science titles in 2006
• Median price per point of impact factor ranged from £110 to £775 for
biomedical titles in 2006, and from £186 to £552 for social science titles.

Best Regards

Kaushik Ghosh | Library Sales Manager - South Asia

Oxford Journals | Oxford University Press

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