JLIS abstracts



Pricing Models in the Electronic Information Environment. 26,2;2001;144-57

In a period of considerable uncertainty and change, publishers and producers of electronic material are developing a diverse number of pricing formulae and changing mechanisms to market their products. The paper examines these pricing models, particularly for electronic journals. The pricing relationship with paper formats is important during the transition. However, research is progressing overseas (e.g. PEAK project) and new models of pricing are being proposed for the future. The paper attempts to analyze the available options and how will they impact upon the customer base? Implications for the funding of electronic resources and their distribution across the organizations are also explored.