Death by 1,000 cuts: Periodicals Price Survey 2018

Flat budgets, price increases, and a reliance on status journals for tenure and promotion keep familiar pressures on the serials marketplace

(23 April 2018) Whether applied to a failed business arrangement or an ancient form of torture, “death by a thousand cuts” signifies a larger outcome that occurs as the cumulative result of multiple smaller events. For the periodicals market, the lingering impact of the Great Recession is one such gash. Libraries receiving a declining percentage of overall university budgets, another. Promotion and tenure systems based upon publication, yet another. Research output evaluation based upon citation metrics—cut. Six percent serials cost inflation each year since 2012—cut, cut, cut.

Library Journal has the full article by Stephen Bosch, Barbara Albee, & Kittie Henderson.