Thieme Publishers, part of STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that it is freezing journal prices for 2010. The move is in response to the current recession and assist libraries during their budgetary difficulties.
The new pricing policy applies to journals with electronic subscriptions and those journal subscriptions that include both the print and electronic formats. Not raising prices, despite the increasing costs for Thieme, will enable institutions to continue to provide access to critical resources. The new pricing policy aims to assist librarians, confronted with possible budgetary cutbacks, in maintaining a consistent level of service within their facilities. The price freeze applies globally, and will be in place for all 2010 institutional subscriptions.
Given the current budgetary pressures facing many libraries, several companies have announced their decision to freeze prices to assist libraries in maintaining their subscriptions. In an announcement made last month, independent publisher Earthscan announced that it is freezing journal prices for 2010. Earlier, in May 2009, Oxford Journals announced that there will be no increase in the online only price between 2009 and 2010 for the majority of journals published by Oxford Journals. Earlier that month, OECD Publishing announced that there will be no increases to the full range of SourceOECD products, as well as OECD Journals and Statistical Databases, irrespective of format - online-only or online-and-archive (print/CD/DVD).
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