What should your response be to the emergence of new journals in your field? What does the dissemination of knowledge through new journals really cost? Do you want to support a new journal, or would your financial resources and intellectual effort be better spent with AGU?

Several new journals have been announced recently that compete at least in part with JGR and Water Resources Research. Librarians around the world are being asked to decide whether to add these publications to their collections. They will presumably consult with the specialists—you—or perhaps in this era of tight budgets they will sit back and wait for pressure to purchase the journal. Should you support these new journals? I believe the answer is an emphatic no. They should be permitted to die in their infancy.