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Inflation Factor for Electronic Databases (2 messages) Marcia Tuttle 05 Dec 2002 15:32 UTC

Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2002 20:27:28 -0500
From: Albert Henderson <>
Subject: Re: Inflation factor for electronic databases

Susan Beidler <> wrote:

> My director asked me to provide her current "standard inflation
> factors" for books, periodicals, and electronic databases.  I've already
> got the figures for books and periodicals, but am at a loss on where to
> find data for electronic databases.  She's looking for an industry-wide
> figure, not limited to our array of databases.  Any suggestions would be
> appreciated.

        Have you contacted NFAIS <>.

        They collected production statistics for many
        years, showing doublings of records rangin from
        every 10 to 20 years or so.

        They might be helpful about prices.

        Best wishes,

Albert Henderson

Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2002 19:10:45 -0800
From: Sandy Heft <sandy.heft@SONOMA.EDU>
Subject: Re: Inflation factor for electronic databases

Morgan Stanley published a report in September, which is available
on the Web in PDF and HTML. The URL for the PDF is

If you can't open a PDF file, do a Google search on
"Scientific Publishing: Knowledge is Power"
and you can bring it up as HTML.

It has a lot of the information you are looking for plus it is an
interesting, non-librarian view of the STM journal industry.

Sandy Heft
Technical Services Librarian
University Library
Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
707-664-2876 (FAX)