UK Parliamentary Committee to Investigate Pricing and Availability of Scholarly Journals
:: With an increasing academic backlash against yearly skyrocketing prices for scholary journals, a UK parliamentary science and technology committee is preparing to investigate the state of scientific publishing, in the new year.
- The committee will look at access to journals, with particular reference to price and availability.
Specifically the committee will ask about the importance of open-access journals and whether the government should support the trend towards free scientific information. Such a move could spell disaster for Reed Elsevier. With their high margins, Reed's science and legal publishing operations are currently supporting its weaker business to business and education operations.