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A significant amount of the acquisition budget of a typical university library is spent on subscriptions to scholarly journals. Over the last several years, the average subscription rate a library pays for such a journal has increased dramatically, even though the costs of publishing a scholarly journal have remained fairly constant. Obviously, then, in most cases publishing a scholarly journal must be much more profitable now than it was several years ago.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Many university libraries have begun to charge higher and higher fines for overdue books and periodicals as a way of passing on increased journal subscription costs to library users.
(B) A university library's acquisition budget usually represents only a small fraction of its total operating budget.
(C) Publishing a scholarly journal is an expensive enterprise, and publishers of such journals cannot survive financially if they consistently lose money.
(D) Most subscribers to scholarly journals are individuals, not libraries, and the subscription rates for individuals have generally remained unchanged for the past several years.
(E) The majority of scholarly journals are published no more than four times a year.

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A significant amount of the acquisition budget of a typical university library is spent on subscriptions to scholarly journals. Over the last several years, the average subscription rate a library pays for such a journal has increased dramatically, even though the costs of publishing a scholarly journal have remained fairly constant. Obviously, then, in most cases publishing a scholarly journal must be much more profitable now than it was several years ago.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Many university libraries have begun to charge higher and higher fines for overdue books and periodicals as a way of passing on increased journal subscription costs to library users.
(B) A university library's acquisition budget usually represents only a small fraction of its total operating budget.
(C) Publishing a scholarly journal is an expensive enterprise, and publishers of such journals cannot survive financially if they consistently lose money.
(D) Most subscribers to scholarly journals are individuals, not libraries, and the subscription rates for individuals have generally remained unchanged for the past several years.
(E) The majority of scholarly journals are published no more than four times a year.

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It should be D

Conclusion: Publishing a scholarly journal must be much more profitable now.

(A) Out of scope/unrelated.
(B) Facts: It is a significant percentage of the acquisition budget, and a small fraction of the operating budget. However we do not know for sure how significant its impact could be for the publishing companies.
(C) This is common wisdom and not specifically targeting the conclusion. Nothing in the argument says publishers of scholarly journal are losing money.
(D) If most of the subscribers are individual, even if rates have gone up for universities, it would not make the journals 'much more profitable' as the conclusion says. This directly goes against the conclusion and thus the correct option.
(E) Not directly related to the conclusion.
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