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American Economic Association Koveleskie, Judith 31 Mar 2005 21:28 UTC

Our library recently subscribed to three journals from the above
association:  American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature,
and Journal of Economic Perspectives.  We ordered through EBSCO and
requested a 1-1-2005 start date.  EBSCO sent the order and payment on
10-31-2004.  However, instead of selecting the January date, the
association's computer is set up to send the next issue after the
payment is received.  For 2 of the journals this was the December 2004
issue and for the third it  is January 2005.

When I asked for an adjustment on this the publisher wouldn't budge.  I
was told that we should delay next year's payment, so that we skip the
December issues and then our new subscription will start in January.  We
can then purchase the December issues as backfiles, if they are
available.  Of course how one could be expected to perfectly time this
is beyond me, especially because this is a bundled subscription and
there is that one title that we don't want to skip.

I offered to pay for the 2 December issues that I received, if they
would put all the subscriptions on a calendar year basis.   Since I
would be paying for everything that they have sent, I thought this was
reasonable.  The answer was no.  EBSCO has done everything possible to
convince them to make the change and the answer was still no.  They
don't seem to realize that most people want complete volumes and that
libraries are especially concerned with this issue.

Has anyone else had problems with this association?  I don't think there
is anything that will happen to change this, but it feels good to get it
off my chest and warn others who may be ordering in the future.

Judith A. Koveleskie
Periodicals Librarian
Seton Hill University
Reeves Memorial Library
Greensburg, PA 15601
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