How “rip-off Britain” comes to science

Nature is perhaps the world’s leading scientific publication. Of course, these days it is a bit odd to have a scholarly journal that looks to cover all of science, but having a paper published in Nature would be a feather in anyone’s cap.

And, more than that, it was founded in, and much of it – including its subscription department – is run from the UK.

So why on Earth do they think it is acceptable to offer a subscription at the rate of $50 in the US and at £50 in the UK? At the current exchange rate the US subscription rate in equivalent to less than £32. To add to the insult, they offer subscriptions to those elsewhere in Europe for 50 Euros – around £43 at current exchange rates.