Crisis in Scientific Publishing

Donald E. Knuth ‘s website

For several years I’ve become more and more concerned about the fact that libraries are increasingly unable to afford the prices being charged by commercial publishers of scientific journals. In October I wrote a long letter to the editorial board of the Journal of Algorithms, explaining the current state of affairs as comprehensively and accurately as I could. Several people involved with other editorial boards have asked to see a copy of this letter, so I’m now posting it here in hopes that it will be helpful to anybody else who is trying to deal with this serious problem.
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