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UC library officials, Nature publisher agree to work together

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Representatives from the University of California and the publisher of Nature and 66 other science, academic and specialty journals met recently to discuss their mutual challenges following a public spat over a planned price hike that would have cost UC more than $1 million a year to subscribe to the publisher’s journals.
 
cover natureIn a joint statement issued August 25, six representatives from UC organizations, including the California Digital Library (CDL), and two directors from the Nature Publishing Group said they have agreed to work together “to address our mutual short- and long-term challenges, including an exploration of potential new approaches and evolving publishing models.”  
 
Last June, Laine Farley, executive director of the CDL, and two representatives from the UC Academic Senate and University Librarians Council sent a joint letter to all UC faculty, warning them that UC Libraries wouldn’t be subscribing to any new NPG journals and may reduce its current subscriptions because of price increases “of unprecedented magnitude.”
 
Some UC faculty leaders were so incensed by the price hike that they proposed a boycott, calling on faculty to stop submitting papers to NPG journals and to cease reviewing manuscripts for them and serving on editorial and advisory boards.
 
But after an August 17 discussion they described as “positive, with a full exchange of views and mutual recognition of the value that each of us contributes to the scholarly communication enterprise,” they said they have agreed to work together in the coming months.
 
“We look forward to a successful planning and experimentation process that results in mutual agreement that serves all stakeholder groups — NPG, the UC libraries, and the scholar community, thus avoiding the need for the boycott that had been discussed at an earlier stage,” according to the joint statement.
 
“We look forward to a successful planning and experimentation process that results in mutual agreement that serves all stakeholder groups — NPG, the UC libraries, and the scholar community, thus avoiding the need for the boycott that had been discussed at an earlier stage.”
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