Comprehensive access to the expanding volume of scholarly materials necessary for research and teaching is at risk. Trends in scholarly publishing, especially commercial publisher business models, limit the ability to maintain the breadth and depth of library collections and reduce exposure to and impact of scholars’ work.
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Rising costs and decreasing purchasing power: From 1986 to 2002, the Consumer Price Index rose 64 percent, journal prices rose 227 percent, and book prices rose 75 percent. The typical research library spent 227 percent more on serials in 2002 than in 1986, but the number of titles purchased increased by only 6 percent. In addition, book purchases actually declined by 5 percent.
Increasing volume of information: From 1986 to 2002, the number of journals published increased by 58 percent. During roughly the same period, world-wide production of books increased approximately 50 percent.
Large commercial publisher profits: Science, technology, and medical (STM) publisher profits are in the 20–30 percent range. A "merger effect" has resulted in 20–30 percent price increases after commercial mergers or acquisitions.
These trends are unsustainable. They directly affect the University of California in several ways:
UC faculty author a large percentage of scholarly materials and serve as editors at approximately 15 percent of top-tier journals; individually and collectively, they carry enormous influence.
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