The Philadelphia-based National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS) has issued a call to journal publishers, libraries, authors, online distributors, and others in what it calls the "information chain" to come up with a solution to a problem affecting its members: Publishers are starting to charge abstracting and indexing services--known as secondary publishers--for journal subscriptions. Primary publishers, seeking market exposure, traditionally have provided their journals to secondary publishers gratis. Now, however--in an attempt to recoup lost revenue from declining subscriber bases caused by interlibrary loan, document-delivery services, and other new information-delivery methods--some have begun to make secondary publishers buy their publications. In addition, NFAIS says that several primary publishers are considering licensing and charging for the use of...

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