Answered By: Janet Hughes
Last Updated: May 18, 2015     Views: 158

We have investigated this journal in the past and have not subscribed for several reasons.

First, it is extremely expensive. This publisher has quoted outrageous prices in previous negotiations. They want to charge us multiple subscriptions due to our multiple sites, and because we have not ordered this journal in the past, they penalize new subscribers by doubling or tripling the cost they charge established subscribers.

Second, this journal has multiple sections and continuously splits off new sections, all of which require new subscriptions.

Third, it violates several agreements that we adhere to regarding Inter-library Loan (it does not allow ILL and we are a net provider for the state of Pennsylvania).

Fourth, they have in the past used extremely unacceptable sales tactics and other means to force people to pay subscriptions.

There is free embargoed access from 2006 - 2 years ago via PubMed Central - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/637

There are other options for video protocols. Springer Protocols is beginning to add videos, and we have a full subscription to that online product. We are looking at the Cold Spring Harbor protocols because they are thinking of adding videos also. We have streaming video from many sources, such as Alexander Street Press, that may also have protocols.

Although JOVE will be put on the list of requested journals, it is unlikely to be purchased in the near future.

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