Information on the Potential Boycott of the Nature Publishing Group
Systemwide and UCSF Academic Senate members are participating in the ongoing negotiations between the University of California and the California Digital Library and the Nature Publishing Group: "UC Libraries are confronting an impending crisis in providing access to journals from the Nature Publishing Group (NPG). NPG has insisted on increasing the price of our license for Nature and its affiliated journals by 400 percent beginning in 2011, which would raise our cost for their 67 journals by well over $1 million dollars per year." Read the letter from UCOP, the California Digital Library and the (Academic Senate) University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication to the UC Divisional Chairs and Members of the UC Faculty dated June 6, 2010.
While this letter was an internal communication from faculty leadership to the UC Faculty, the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) responded to this letter in an public statement (NPG website) on the afternoon of June 9, 2010.
The University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication issued a detailed response to this public letter the following morning, June 10, 2010, sending the communication "Response from the University of California to the Public statement from Nature Publishing Group regarding subscription renewals at the California Digital Library" to members of the UC Faculty.
These materials will be posted to the UCOLASC, UCSF's COLASC, and the various UC Libraries websites shortly.