Allen Press, Inc., publisher and printing services provider, has released the 2012 Study of Subscription Prices for Scholarly Society Journals (http://allenpress.com/resources/education/jps).
The study, published regularly, has evolved as a result of the current economic climate and the changing nature of scholarly publishing. The study summarizes data on historical prices over the past two years from approximately 220 publications appearing in the Allen Press Buyer’s Guide to Scientific, Medical, and Scholarly Journals™as well as more than 20 society/association publishers who were surveyed about pricing trends and future plans for their publications.
A new component provides an overview of the challenges facing libraries with potential impact on scholarly publishers. This includes insights into how libraries make purchasing and cancellation decisions in the 21st century. In addition, the study reports on industry trends pertaining to content distribution and subscription models.
“The study was originally conceived as a tool to guide society publishers in setting prices for their publication. In recent years, in light of the changes affecting scholarly publishers and libraries, it has evolved into much, much more. Our goal is to provide society and association publishers with an overview of the issues facing libraries and publishers and insight about what initiatives other scholarly publishers are considering in response to user preferences and budget challenges,” said Melanie Dolechek, Director of Publishing and Marketing at Allen Press.
The free publication is now available on the Allen Press website at http://allenpress.com/resources/education/jps. You may also request a printed copy from the website.