Journal subscriptions – Wiley, Oxford University Press, Springer | Quantumplations
"Following on from Tim Gowers work exploring the amount Russell Group universities pay Elsevier for access to journals, I started submitting freedom of information requests to the same universities, asking what they spent on journal subscriptions to Oxford University Press, Wiley and Springer over the previous 5 years. During this time a number of funders have brought in mandatory open access policies, and I wondered if there had been any change in subscription costs during this time period. £54.5 million was spent in total spent by 17 Universities on subscriptions to these 3 publishers over the 5 years; £31 million of which being spent on journals published by Wiley. Over the period of time, subscription costs increased in most instances, and increased faster than the rate of VAT. Although the figures are interesting, there is only limited value comparing across universities ..."
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