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  •  The 65% of UC San Diego's library budget ... (0+ / 0-)

    goes to JSTOR and other databases. This is a quote from your article. I would guess that most of that goes to the "other databases". When JSTOR is cheap enough that it is affordable for public libraries, and the subscription to a single journal can cost nearly $30,000, JSTOR is not the one pocketing all the money.

    •  Actually, (1+ / 0-)
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      looking at the original source for the 65% figure, it's for "electronic resources". I  work at a university, and I can tell you that most of that goes to pay the ridiculous prices of the subscriptions to journals that some scientific publishers charge. They often have the copyright to the most prestigious journal in the field, and this is essentially a monopoly. These companies can then raise the prices on this journal to totally ridiculous levels, and any university with people doing research in the field has to pay them.

      All this rage against JSTOR is just because it's probably the database people come across most often when searching for scientific journals, and they do charge ridiculous prices. But they're not the ones making all the money.

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