|Fall 2003||Vol. XVIII, No.3|
Editor: Robert M. Joven, MLS Information & Education Services Ext. 8493 E-mail - email@example.com
“What is the scholarly communication crisis? It is the loss of access to the scholarly research literature, as the rising cost of journal subscriptions far out-strip institutional library budgets. Each year libraries can afford to subscribe to fewer and fewer journals. Over the last 15 years, the price of research journals has risen over 200% (compare with the Consumer Price Index, up 57% over this same period). Consequently, academic libraries are subscribing to fewer and fewer titles - and slashing book buying as well. The inflation is due to a number of factors; most prominently, commercial publishers controlling an increasing percentage of titles, at the expense of scholarly societies and university presses. Profit margins for commercial publishers typically are at least 20% - with the profits coming from university libraries. Mergers and acquisitions exacerbate the trend, to the point where five publishers now produce over 50% of the science journals received at the University of Connecticut.
Central's Institutional Membership Program enables UConn to actively support
open access  in scholarly publishing, and will help ensure the most
widespread dissemination of the research published by UConn faculty.
Under the terms of our membership, all relevant research articles generated at the Unitversity of Connecticut will be listed on a specially created member’s page on the BioMedCentral site. Authors who choose to publish their research in BioMedCentral’s journals are lending significant support to the open access publishing movement. I hope that you will take full advantage of our membership of BioMedCentral, and submit your next article to a BioMedCentral journal.
The open access publishing movement is supported by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and ARL has issued a resource guide to begin framing the issue.  ARL promotes “open access to quality information in support of learning and scholarship.” A key component of this effort is educating members of the research and academic communities about open access and its potential. ARL encourages discussions among library staff, campus administrators, university counsels, faculty, and policymakers about open access and how its application in research institutions can provide a cost-effective way to disseminate and use information.
1 University of Connecticut Homer Babbidge Library Web : http://www.lib.uconn.edu/about/administration/publications/scholarlycommunication.html
2 BioMedCentral : http://www.biomedcentral.com/
3 Budapest Open Access Initiative : http://www.soros.org/openaccess/index.shtml
4 BMC Open Access Journals List : http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/libraries/oajournals
6 PubMedCentral : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PMC
7 OpCit : Open Citation Project : http://opcit.eprints.org/
8 Go to http://www.biomedcentral.com/inst/ and find our institution’s own page.
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