In 2001, a number of organizations began to develop or to publicize programs designated to bring high quality, peer-reviewed sciences journals for free or very cheaply to developing nations. This site identifies such programs and provides links to publishers and philanthropic organisations.
Lee Van Orsel and Kathleen Born review journal prices and trends for 2004. They provide plenty of comparative price data and make cogent observations on "Big Deals" and the rise of Open Access journals. (Library Journal 15 April 2004)
Written for the Information Access Alliance by Thomas M. Susman and others, this paper describes the issues that have emerged as the publishing industry has become increasingly concentrated. It also advocates for a new standard of antitrust review.
Sonya White and Claire Creaser analysed journal prices over the last decade in a study commissioned by Oxford Journals of OUP. The project analysed price data on around 6,000 journals from 12 named scholarly publishers, including OUP, taken over a 5-year period (2000 -2004, plus 1993 as a base year) together with a more detailed analysis of titles in the biomedical field. The report is freely available on the web. (October 2004).