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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.

The press notice from the House of Commons was posted on STLQ on Dec 10, 2003.

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