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bepress 2008 Prices and News

Berkeley, CA, September 10, 2007 – The Berkeley Electronic Press is pleased to announce that prices for each of our peer-reviewed electronic journals will be unchanged in 2008, and will remain at 2007 levels. As in all previous years, no journal costs more than $500. For the eighth year running, bepress journals continue to be priced far below industry averages.

Average cost per title: industry averages and bepress journals

Social Science Journals
  • 2007 Avergage Price: $604.00
  • Average Increase 2003-2007: 40.4%
Science Journals
  • 2007 Average Price: $1,570.50
  • Average Increase 2003-2007: 34.7%
bepress Journals
  • 2007 Average Price: $277.00
  • Average Increase 2003-2007: 2.0%

Source for industry averages: Table 5 in Lee C. Van Orsdel & Kathleen Born “Serial Wars: Library Journal’s Periodicals Price Survey 2007” Library Journal, 4/15/2007, www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6431958.html.

For a price list and subscriptions, visit http://www.bepress.com/subscriptions.html

2008 ResearchNow Pricing

The 2008 price for our complete collection of journals, ResearchNow, is $7,100. ResearchNow includes full access to all bepress peer-reviewed journals, currently numbering 38. As always, subscribers will get access to new journals added during 2008 at no additional cost.

This past year, we have added four new journals whose list price totals $1,050, but have only increased the collection’s price by $600. The 2008 price represents a 33% discount on the collection’s total value, larger than our 2007 discount of 30%.

New journals added in 2007

World Political Science Review – See www.bepress.com/wpsr
Journal of Industrial Organization Education – See www.bepress.com/jioe
Review of Middle East Economics and Finance – See www.bepress.com/rmeef
New Global Studies – See www.bepress.com/ngs

News: bepress’s growing international presence

In the past year, bepress has established a significant international presence. The German Research Foundation (DFG) selected ResearchNow for a nation-wide license for all German libraries. ResearchNow was also purchased by libraries in Australia (Monash University and the University of Sydney), Bahrain (Ahlia University), New Zealand (Victoria University), Spain (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), and the U.K. (Cambridge, Warwick, Manchester, Kings College London and the London School of Economics).

These new customers reflect the changing face of academic scholarship. Our users at bepress are increasingly international: over 40% of our readers come from outside the U.S., and a significant percentage of authors, editors, and editorial board members come from overseas, many from emerging countries in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

Our journals are well-positioned to serve this increasingly international audience. Many of the new bepress journals have a significant international focus: World Political Science Review is a unique journal that publishes award-winning political science from around the world, translated into English. Review of Middle East Economics and Finance is the only journal to focus on the economics and business of that dynamic region. New Global Studies is a significant new journal devoted to the study of contemporary globalization as a whole, across disciplines. We anticipate that 2008 will see more international growth in content, readership, titles and subscriptions.

To see more of our internationally-focused journals and to find out more about bepress journals in general, visit http://www.bepress.com/alljournals.html.

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.