August 29, 2006
RANT – Journal publishers
This rant has been stewing for a while, years in fact, so bear with me for a moment.
I recently received an invoice from our journal vendor. One of the line items was an additional charge to a journal for the 2005 subscription year. Yes, 2005. We are now nine months in to 2006. Not only are we being charged an additional amount for an item we purchased 21 months ago, the amount is almost double what the original subscription rate was.
I cannot think of a single instance where a company can come back and charge me and additional fee for something I purchased in the past. I understand that there may be a difference in cost from when we get the renewal notice in June to when the subscription starts in January. I’m guessing most publishers haven’t set their 2007 rates in stone yet. BUT, they really should have had their 2005 rates pretty well decided.
Is this a publisher issue, a vendor issue, or a bit of both? I’m not really sure. I’ve just kind of been rolling with the flow the last few years but have finally gotten to the point were enough is enough and I will push for answers. Any tips or information already gleaned by anyone else would be greatly appreciated.