In a Memorandum on journal pricing published on 17 April 2012, Harvard's Faculty Advisory Council to the Library called on all faculty members to make sure their own papers are accessible by submitting them to Harvard's open-access repository DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard), or to consider submitting articles to open-access journals. The unprecedented move was prompted by inordinate journal price increases, especially for electronic journals – the prices for online content from two providers have increased by about 145% in the past six years, and some journals cost as much as $40,000 per year. Moreover, some providers bundle high-use journals and journals for which there is little demand into one subscription. As a result of the price increases, which are untenable even for Harvard University, contracts with at least two major providers could not be continued on their current footing, the Memorandum stated. Robert Darnton, the Director of the Harvard Library, considers open-access publishing to be the only long-term solution to the problem of escalating prices. However, he stresses the need for concerted efforts to reach that goal, and hopes that many other universities will take similar action.
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