In December last year, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (STC) announced that it was to conduct an inquiry into scientific publications. It was interested in access to journals within the scientific community and, in particular, price and availability. In a statement, the Committee said that it “will be asking what measures are being taken in government, the publishing industry and academic institutions to ensure that researchers, teachers and students have access to the publications they need in order to carry out their work effectively. The inquiry will also examine the impact that the current trend towards e-publishing may have on the integrity of journals and the scientific process.” It invited written evidence from interested organizations and individuals. Here is the Society's submission.

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