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Conference to focus on journals

November 6, 2000

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Anyone interested in scholarly communications is invited to a Kansas University conference addressing the rising costs of academic journals.

The all-day conference begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.

Provost David Shulenburger will address the meeting at 9:15 a.m. on the "Tempe principles," a national set of standards endorsed by the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of American Universities.

Keith Russell, KU dean of libraries, said the cost of journals has increased 207 percent since 1986. During the same time the cost of books has increased 68 percent.

Most of the increase is attributed to private publishing companies taking control of the production of journals.

"Journals represent a very important part of scholarly literature, particularly in the sciences," said Richard Fyffe, assistant dean of scholarly communications for KU libraries. "Instead of purchasing books, we're paying more for journals. That hits the history, humanities and literature disciplines even harder because they rely more on books."

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