Library Notes for Political Science

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Journal prices

Posted by Megan on June 19, 2011

Back in April, Library Journal published the figures from its annual Periodicals Price Survey. The news once again is, well, bleak…as subscription prices are increasing at a rate higher than the Consumer Price Index, while library funding (both public and academic) is decreasing.

Inquiring minds might be interested to know that Chemistry journals tend to break the bank, with an average price of more than $4,000 for a single annual subscription.

The average Political Science journal, among those indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index, costs $622 per year. This represents a 9% increase since 2009. It is projected that costs for social sciences titles in the index will increase by 6.6% by 2012.

See the full article for more details, as several data sources are analyzed.

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