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Creating Community Controlled Journals

SPARC and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) today launch
SCIENCE JOURNALS, a how-to handbook and web site that guides editors
and editorial board members of scientific journals toward responsible
journal publishing. To see the site or download a PDF version of the
handbook, please go to: you know, many editors and editorial board members of STM journals
are unaware of the serials crisis; more to the point, they are
unaware they may be part of a journal whose high cost and
unsatisfactory policies contributes to the serials crisis. DECLARING
INDEPENDENCE presents this issue in a straightforward way to
researchers who may wonder what their responsibilities are and how
best to change the status quo.

DECLARING INDEPENDENCE is divided into three sections: the first
helps researchers determine whether or not their journal serves its
community; the second presents alternative publishing options; the
third guides researchers through an evaluation process of these
alternative options. There are also extensive web resources and
journal pricing charts included in the appendices, along with a

Our goal throughout was to back up librarians\' excellent educational
efforts on campus. DECLARING INDEPENDENCE is a complement to the
work many of you have already undertaken vis a vis SPARC and the
Create Change campaign.

The handbook will be mailed (via traditional post) to about 1400
editors and editorial board members of STM journals (based on the
Create Change database of the 100 most expensive journals, located at We are also
distributing it through scientific associations and at ALA. Each
SPARC and ARL library will receive five copies; any institution can
order up to 50 additional copies, free of charge, by sending an email
to [email protected].

Thank you very much for your support. Please post this within your
institution and/or to any relevant listservs, and feel free to email
me any feedback or comments.

Alison Buckholtz
SPARC--The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition
[email protected]
phone: +202 296 2296