[EAS]Countering Journal Costs

pjk peter.kindlmann at yale.edu
Sat Feb 3 17:00:05 EST 2001

Subject:   Countering Journal Costs

(from CIT INFOBITS -- January 2001)



At a forum held during the American Libraries Association Midwinter
Meeting, the Scholarly Publications and Academic Resources
Coalition (SPARC) formally launched its "Declaring Independence"
project. The purpose of the project is to address the rising costs
of publishing scientific journals and to "transform them from
commercial commodities back to instruments of service to education
and research." The project's report, "Declaring Independence: A
Guide to Creating Community-Controlled Science Journals," is
published by SPARC and TRLN (the Triangle Research Libraries
Network). The report includes information on several projects to
digitize, disseminate, and archive scholars' scientific and
technical publications online. The report can be accessed online at

SPARC is an international alliance of over 200 college and research
libraries building a more competitive scholarly communication
marketplace to address the high cost of information. It was created
as an initiative of the Association of Research Libraries. For more
information about SPARC, link to http://www.arl.org/sparc/

TRLN is a collaborative organization of Duke University, North
Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Through
cooperative efforts TRLN marshals the financial, human and
information resources of its libraries to create a rich knowledge
environment that furthers the universities' teaching, research and
service missions. For more information about TRLN, link to

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