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AGU to stop printing press in 2010

July 7th, 2008

In a message to the Geoscience Information Society titled "The Demise of Print," the American Geophysical Union has announced that it will cease publication of print versions of its journals in 2010 and go online-only.

An article in Eos tomorrow will notify AGU members of the change (Albarède, F., 2008: The demise of print. Eos Trans. AGU, 89(28): 257).

The decision to move to online-only journals stemmed from two factors: the print product is becoming more and more a pale replica of the electronic journal of record, and the costs of producing print versions have escalated to the point where offering them is no longer feasible.

AGU will no longer accept new print subscriptions as early as next year. In 2010, a first round of AGU journals (to be announced in 2009) may become online-only. By 2011, all AGU journals (but not Eos) will be online-only products.