UC system libraries vs. Nature Publishing Group: The big news in academia this week was the University of California making a stand against journal price increases demanded by NPG, which publishes the uber-prestigious journal Nature as well as many noted scientific and medical journals. UC, like all of California, is under tremendous pressure to make budget cuts and claims that NPG is jacking up the price of its journals by 400%. Baring a return to the lower price, the entire UC system is threatening to drop the journal from their libraries and ask all faculty to boycott NPG by abstaining from submitting publications, resigning from editorial positions on NPG journals, and refusing to conduct peer review for NPG.
* UC throws down the gauntlet: Faculty do all the work for you for free and then you sell it back to us at ridiculous prices.
* Nature’s retort: You can’t mess with us, your faculty needs our prestige.
* Cal responds to Nature: No, our faculty totally got our backs on this one.
* “The bigger, if duller, story here is not that a university library has stood up to the big arrogant publishing house, but that the world’s leading public research university is imploding via budget cuts.”
* TheScientist.com finds that Nature has few friends among academic librarians and faculty.
* Even on Nature’s own blog readers are leaving unflattering comments directed at the publisher.
* Coverage from Science is also followed by posts wholly in sympathy with the UC libraries.