A recent study looks at subscription pricing trends in scientific and scholarly journals.
Peer-reviewed journal subscription rates may have weathered the poor economy better than those of non-peer-reviewed journals. In an analysis of approximately 250 publications appearing in its Buyer's Guide to Scientific, Medical, and Scholarly Journals, Allen Press found that non-peer-reviewed journal subscription prices declined an average of 5.6 percent in 2009-2011, while peer-reviewed journal subscription prices increased 6.5 percent.
Within the same group of publications, prices for journals in print and online format were more stable than those published in print only or online only. Journals in print and online raised their subscription rates an average of 8.2 percent in the 2009-2011 period, compared to an average reduction of 0.1 percent for print-only journals and 2.8 percent for online-only journals.
The full text of the study is available at www.allenpress.com/resources/education/jps.