Re: American Economic Association Rais, Shirley (LLU) 31 Mar 2005 22:28 UTC
I have been noticing this happening with other publishers the last couple of years, so I don't think your situation is unique. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would think that these associations and smaller publishers are using the same software to handle payments and someone needs to fix the bug in it!!! For 2004 I had a couple of titles do this, and also some for 2005. In my case, I now have a handful of titles that now expire in January instead of December because of a programming feature in a computer program. Shirley Rais, Chair, Serials Dept. Loma Linda University Libraries 11072 Anderson St. Loma Linda, CA 92350-0001 Phone: (909) 558-4583 FAX: (909) 558-4919 Srais@llu.edu -----Original Message----- From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Koveleskie, Judith Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 1:28 PM To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [SERIALST] American Economic Association 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 724-838-7828 This document may contain confidential information and is intended solely for the use of the addressee. If you received it in error, please contact the sender at once and destroy the document. The document may contain information subject to restrictions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Acts. Such information may not be disclosed or used in any fashion outside the scope of the service for which you are receiving the information.