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How much to download a science article?

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For an individual, cost varies from

  • 0$US for Open access journals
  • to 30-50 $US (prestigious Elsevier’s journals or expensive suppliers like InfoTrieve)

Clearly you couldn’t buy articles one-by-one on a regular basis unless you are rather well off!”

Jacobs, Grant. Scientific article download costs. Code for life, Posted on 17th of July, 2010.
http://sciblogs.co.nz/code-for-life/2010/07/17/scientific-article-download-costs/

Of course, academic and corporate librarians know that cost per download is (by chance) lower under package subscriptions …

I know that real cost (calculated on annual fee/total of downloads) for institutions would be around 2-5 $US per article: most of the time this kind of information is undisclosed for commercial reasons.

Written by hbasset

August 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

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  1. “I know that real cost (calculated on annual fee/total of downloads) for institutions would be around 2-5 $US per article”

    It highly depends on the size of the institution, the promotion of the resource by librarians et faculty etc. Stating an average seems rather impossible, I’m afraid…

    Good blog, by the way🙂

    marlened

    August 25, 2010 at 5:34 pm


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