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bepress 2007 Prices: Another Year of Affordable Peer-reviewed Journals

Berkeley, CA, November 2, 2006 – The Berkeley Electronic Press is pleased to announce yet another year of affordable prices for our high-quality peer-reviewed journals. Each journal will sell at the same price in 2007 as in 2006. The collection of all journals, ResearchNow Full Access, will be offered at a 30% discount, compared with a 20% discount one year ago.

bepress Peer-Reviewed Journals

For the seventh year running, bepress has not raised the price of any journal. As a result, bepress journals continue to be priced well below industry averages.

Average cost per title: industry averages and bepress journals

All Social Science Journals
  • 2006 Avergage Price: $550.50
  • Average Price Change, 2001-2006: 47%
All Science Journals
  • 2006 Average Price: $1,479.50
  • Average Price Change, 2001-2006: 44%
bepress Journals
  • 2006 Average Price: $270.00
  • Average Price Change, 2001-2006: -16%

Source for industry averages: Table 5 in Lee C. Van Orsdel & Kathleen Born "Journals in the Time of Google: Periodicals Price Survey 2006." Library Journal, 4/15/2006,

“The success of bepress over the past seven years has proven that it is possible to publish high-quality and successful academic journals at affordable prices, without relying on author fees or research subsidies,” said Sean O’Doherty, VP of Journal Sales at bepress.

ResearchNow Full Access (RNFA)

bepress is also pleased to announce the 2007 price for its complete package of journals, ResearchNow Full Access: $6,500. While bepress added 7 new journals to RNFA during 2006 that sell individually for a total of $2025, the price of the package is only increasing by $650 over a year earlier. We have worked hard to keep this increase modest. This year’s price represents a 30% discount on the collection’s total value, even larger than our 2006 discount of 20%.

RNFA includes full access to all bepress peer-reviewed journals, currently numbering 34. RNFA subscribers will get access to new journals added during 2007 at no additional cost.

This past year, RNFA has increased its acceptance in the library community: to mention just a few, new subscribers during 2006 included Arizona State, Indiana University, University of Bergen, Ahila University in Bahrain, University of Paris, and 21 schools from the Carolina consortium.

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About bepress

Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. We deliver scholarly communications and publishing services for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact. Through our services bepress seeks to link communities of scholars, listen to their needs, and provide solutions to support emerging academic missions and goals.

Bepress is the provider of Digital Commons, the leading hosted institutional repository software platform. Digital Commons is a suite of tools and services that enables institutions to manage, display, and publish scholarship to the web in a beautiful, highly visible showcase. Digital Commons offers the features of a traditional IR as well as professional-grade publishing software, management tools, and individual faculty and researcher pages to promote and disseminate scholarship and serve academia.

With Digital Commons, universities can collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output, including pre-prints, working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, presentations, creative works, and a wide variety of other content types.