The High Cost of Knowledge

Posted on May 18, 2011

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Using the compiled list of journals I have created (full list here) I looked at the costs to subscribe to each publication. These costs range from those for individual subscriptions to journals to student or full memberships in the publication organizations (the only way to receive some publications). Also, varies ranges of subscription for organizations such as online only, print only, or online and print. I added all these costs together and the results were that it would cost an individual between £7,358.03-£9,572.95 ($12,062-$15,693), depending on the memberships that qualify for (students are the cheapest) to receive one years worth of all the published archaeology research. For an institute such as a school, society, or CRM company it would be between £24,047.34-£25.768.40 ($39,421-$42,242), depending on if they went online only or print and online. That is the price that one has to pay just to access the combined knowledge of archaeology publications, not counting grey literature. I don’t know about you but I don’t make enough money to spend 12-15.6k a year on archaeology publications.

Money conversions

pound

1

euro to pound

0.88

$ to pound

0.61

aus to pound

0.64

NZ to Pound

0.49

SA Rand to pound

0.08

CAN $

0.63

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