Not a real substitute, but Science Illustrated is good popular science magazine that’s very visually appealing. It’s more on the level of Discover than of the two that have just gone to extortionary pricing, so it’s more appropriate for high schools and casual reading. It’s $24 for 12 bi-monthly issues, see


Steve Black

Reference, Serials, and Instruction Librarian

Neil Hellman Library

The College of Saint Rose

392 Western Ave.

Albany, NY 12203

(518) 458-5494


From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [] On Behalf Of Mitchell, Meg
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 11:05 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] Alternatives to Science News and Scientific American


I don’t think I’ve seen this question in the discussion.

Does anyone know of an equivalent journal? One that covers several scientific areas and has short articles that still have some serious material. Our school serves a range of students and Science News is a good one for those just beginning to attempt college work. But certainly doesn’t have enough material to justify that price when they also take advertising.

Meg Mitchell

Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, PA

From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [] On Behalf Of Lenis McBride
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 7:37 PM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Publisher price increase!!!!



We received a similar notice on this title late las week.  Also, we received a notice this morning stating that our subscription to Science News had gone up from #39.95 to $195.00.


On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 7:08 AM, Stephen Clark <> wrote:


We just received a notice from our subscription agent that Scientific American was raising their print subscription price for 2010 from $41.91 (which includes the agent's service charge) to $299.00  Has anyone else received this outrageous increase notice?
We are in the process of contacting the publisher to find out what might be the cause of this dramatic price rise.


Stephen Clark
Acquisitions Librarian
College of William and Mary
Earl Gregg Swem Library
Williamsburg, VA  phone:  757-221-3107
fax:  757-221-3645