Tuesday, August 14, 2007

SLACK Online Journal Price Changes

Just when you thought pricing structures for online journals could not be any more confusing and tedious, SLACK decides to jump into the picture. I received an email from my journal vendor describing that SLACK online journal will only be available through an up charge and there will be no online only access options. In other words you must get the print and if you want online you must pay extra.

Here is where it gets to be a pain....

SLACK Tiered pricing takes into account the FTEs within an institution.

Academic Institutions and Nonprofits Organizations
Members of the faculty and staff/employees of the facility (whether permanent, temporary, contract, or visiting basis) and individuals who are currently studying or working at the facility, who are permitted to access the network from within the premises of the licensee and from such other places where authorized users work or study, including without limitation halls of residence, lodgings, and homes of authorized users, and who have been issued by the licensee with a password or other authentication.

To establish FTE number, please calculate each faculty member, staff, and student within range as the following.

Multiply each by the following:
Full time faculty: 1
Part time faculty: 1/3
Full time staff: 1
Part time staff: 1/2
Full time student: 1
Part time student: 1/2

Corporate, Governmental Entities, and Hospitals or Clinics
Members of the staff/employees of the facility (whether on a permanent, temporary, contract, or visiting basis) who are currently working at the facility and who are permitted to access the network from within the premises of the licensee and from such other places where authorized users work including without limitation the facility, off site related facilities to the licensee, and homes of authorized users, and who have been issued by the licensee with a password or other authentication.

To establish FTE number, please calculate each faculty member, staff, and student within range as the following.

Multiply each by the following:
Full time staff: 1
Part time staff: 1/2


Ok this is one of the more complicated and frankly inane pricing structures. Most institutions just list the number of FTEs which is the total number of full time and part time people together. There is no real easy way to determine the number of part time staff since they are incorporated into the total number of FTEs. So many institutions who should be able to take advantage of counting the part time staff as 1/2 cannot do so.

What a mess.

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