Starting in 2009, we embarked on a multi-year project to convert titles to E-only. In order to do this we came up with some criteria:
· Converting to E-only should be cheaper
· Content should be the same
· Post-cancellation access should be in the license with Portico participation preferred
In 2009, we converted titles from the major academic publishers. For 2010 we are converting titles from the major university presses. For the two years we have managed to convert nearly 600 subscriptions.
For 2011, we are left with over 1,700 print or print + electronic subscriptions. The problem is that the vast majority of these are from societies, trade publishers, small academic presses, or commercial publishers where it will be much more expensive to go E-only (BMJ, Nature, etc.).
If you have done this sort of thing, how did you tackle this? For the larger publishers identifying whether they met our criteria was relatively easy to do. Now it is not that easy. I’m coming up with more questions than answers as I try to determine whether Allen Press titles (for example) meet the criteria. Can I expect our subscription agent to help with this?
Any advice or suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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