Major journal subscriptions cannot be sustained, says Harvard Library

April 27, 2012

Exasperated by increasing subscription fees charged by academic publishers, Harvard University is encouraging faculty to make their research freely available through open-access journals and to resign from periodicals that keep articles behind paywalls. In a memo to teaching and research staff, Harvard Library says it can no longer afford the price increases imposed by many large journal publishers, as the annual cost now approaches $3.75 million. In consultation with the Harvard Library leadership, the Faculty Advisory Council to the Library concludes that "major periodical subscriptions, especially to electronic journals published by historically key providers, cannot be sustained." To continue with the subscriptions "would seriously erode collection efforts in many other areas, already compromised." Memo | The Guardian