The high cost of staying current

By Janet Raloff, 15:50 PM April 15, 2008

Reading peer-reviewed journals remains a primary means by which researchers stay on top of developments in their fields. A new survey confirms what journal subscribers already know: Annual costs for these periodicals are steep. Prices for scientific, medical, and scholarly journals published by nonprofit U.S. research societies have been rising from 5.6 to 11.3 percent annually for the past 17 years—double to triple each year's inflation rate. Even so, the survey finds, that with the excepti...

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