Merger is ‘bad news for universities’, say librarians | News | Times Higher Education
"Librarians have warned that the merger between Macmillan Science and Education and Springer, announced last week, could result in even higher journal prices. According to Springer’s website, its nearly 3,000 journals published more than 325,000 articles in 2014. Macmillan has only about 160 journals, which, according to its press office, published some 15,000 papers. But these include the prestigious Nature series of journals. Macmillan also includes the Palgrave Macmillan publishing house. According to Stefanie Haustein, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Montreal, Springer and Macmillan combined published 13 per cent of all papers indexed in Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science between 2009 and 2013, compared with 23 per cent by Elsevier, the market leader. Phil Sykes, university librarian at the University of Liverpool, said: 'History suggests that mergers like this are bad news for universities, because they further increase the power of publishers in a market that already conspicuously lacks a competitive dynamic.' David Prosser, executive director of Research Libraries UK, pointed out that of the 15 largest publishers identified in a 2002 Office of Fair Trading report, mergers and acquisitions meant that only nine remain ..."