Journal Pricing and Journal Refereeing


Ted Bergstrom announced that he will no longer referee for journals that have subscription fees greater than $1,000, and has a preference to referee for journals with fees below $300. As he puts it, "I just don't see why I should supply free refereeing services to those publishers that use monopoly pricing to gouge our university budgets. ... I do feel a professional obligation to review papers, but I can perform this obligation just as well by doing my refereeing for journals that are not exploiting university libraries." He provides considerable data and information on this subject.