I was heads-down working on a big grant proposal last week. No sooner did I poke my head up did I see all manner of Listserv traffic and personal messages concerning price increases from ACS.
Ariel Neff (Benedictine University Library. IL) writes: " ACS switched to a 'value-based' pricing plan. .... Our subscription cost is increasing 1861% Yes - over one thousand percent."
Wendy Quinn-Decatur (AMRIO, NY) writes: "They are raising our rates by 183%. They are unwilling to moderate their pricing position...."
Amy Schukler (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, NY) suggests a "mass uprising" and urges extra-contractual emailing of PDFs!
In my role as advisor, I wanted to let you guys know that there was some heated criticism of ACS going on right now. In general, I do understand the need to place some metric on usage to determine cost. Larger companies or universities should not be charged extra to subsidize smaller institutions, and the scope or volume of use should be reflected in cost. To the extend that cost increases in one part of the market are reflected by cost decreases, or inflationary stabilization in other parts of the market, then I think the approach is well justified.
Can you provide a little backdrop on this? I do think you should try to get the ACS message out ... there is a fair amount of bad PR being promulgated about ACS right now.