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Open Access Week: This Journal Cost How Much?!?

Source of information on SU LIbraries Open Access week events.

Tuesday, Oct 20th from 1200-1245, Blackwell Library - Journal Overpricing Activity

If you are curious about how much the journals at SU cost, or think that it is important that people know, come join us at noon on Tuesday and participate in the library's overpricing activity!

This activity was developed by students at MIT in 2007 and their description is here:

Right to Research, a Student Organization's Overview of the Problem

Students are losing already limited access to core academic research – research essential to a complete education.  As a student, it’s no secret that academic journals are crucial to our research, our papers, and our understanding of both fine details and the larger, overall picture of everything we study.  Yet, students often run into access barriers while to trying to do research, forcing us to settle for what we can get access to, rather than what we need most.

Outside the classroom, limited access to research has a tremendous impact on people’s lives.  When doctors are denied access to medical research, patient outcomes suffer - especially in developing countries where medical professionals have even fewer resources to commit to research access.  Even in business, small companies in cutting-edge fields lose opportunities to innovate when they don’t have access to the most up-to-date research upon which to build. 

Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the way academic research is currently shared is that, even though you -- through your taxes and tuition -- underwrite a vast portion of research, you're denied access to the results unless you also pay often very expensive subscription fees.

"The Problem: Student's can't access essential research...." by Right to Research is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Publisher Profits

"The Problem: Student's can't access essential research...." by Right to Research is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Journal Inflation

This graph shows how the actual prices of journals increased from 1994 to 2014 at a rate far above inflation, whether measured by the Consumer Price Index or the Higher Education Price Index.