University of California scientists are speaking out in favor of UC's threat to boycott Nature Publishing Group over a proposed 400 percent hike in licensing fees.
"Nature is making a very unfortunate move here," said Alex Bell, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. "Multiple-fold increases are unjustified. I think it's bordering on exploitation."
In a letter mass e-mailed to faculty earlier this week and posted on the UC Libraries website, the California Digital Library and the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communications say the school is facing an "impending crisis," a proposed licensing price hike that would raise the cost for 67 Nature Publishing Group (NPG) journals by well over $1 million per year. The proposed new fees come at a time when UC libraries are in an economic pinch and worked all last year to reduce their electronic journal costs by $1 million per year.
I am a librarian at University of California Irvine. My title is Research Librarian for Chemistry, Earth System Science and Russian Studies and Scholarly Communications Coordinator. My education background includes a B.S. Physics (Carnegie-Mellon, 1988) and M.L.I.S. (University of Texas, Austin, 1994). I have worked at LSU-Baton Rouge and Princeton University prior to UC Irvine.