Since the inception of PMN’s
online-only journals, new articles have first been publicly available, at no
cost, upon initial publication. The purpose of which was to allow readers and
prospective authors to become familiar with PMN’s new electronic format and with
the applied nature and scope of each individual journal. Subsequently, older
articles were then rotated into a subscription archive. This was at a time when
Internet publishing was in its infancy and there were no common subscription
Five years later, more uniform online subscription models have evolved. In
keeping with these, the
Plant Management Network will implement a more customary
subscription-for-access model for its older journals, beginning June 30, 2005.
The necessity for this stems from the need for PMN to eventually become a
self-sustaining not-for-profit endeavor supported by subscriptions and
partnerships, as originally envisioned. PMN’s newer journals will continue to
offer articles that are originally publicly available in order to attract
first two journals,
Crop Management and
Plant Health Progress, will fully implement subscription access
beginning June 30, 2005. For
tables of contents and summaries of each peer-reviewed article will remain
publicly available but full-text articles will require a subscription. News and
opinion articles will remain public. After the initial subscription-only access
period, all articles 18 months and older will then be made publicly available
under PMN’s Open Access policy.
PMN’s two newer journals,
and Grazinglands, will continue to publish new articles in the
public area in order to continue to attract new authors and readers. This will
be a transitional phase that will remain until such time as each journal can
support the full subscription model.
Other of PMN’s publications and
resources will be available only to subscribers. These include the
Plant Science Database,
Education & Training Center,
Biological and Cultural Tests for Control of Plant Diseases,
Fungicide and Nematicide Tests, and
Subscriptions are available to both
individual subscribers and libraries. They are also available—either at no cost
or at a discount—to employees, members, and other qualified affiliates of PMN’s
partner organizations. One single subscription fee includes all journals and
resources mentioned above.
To assure uninterrupted access, readers
are encouraged to subscribe early. Individuals may receive a $10 discount by
subscribing online before June 30, 2005, using the promotion code
PMN405. Users may also recommend that either
governmental library subscribe or that their organization
become a PMN partner. A
form for recommending subscriptions to libraries is available online.
Information on full partnerships may be obtained from
Joan Grudem, PMN Partner Relations Manager.