80 University Libraries in UK, Ireland “Reject Taylor & Francis Opportunistic Change of Contract”

« Over eighty university libraries have signed an open letter to Taylor & Francis rejecting their new policy of locking content more than 20 years old behind a « moving wall ».

This means that academic research which was previously available to universities as part of the Taylor & Francis « big deal » will now have to be purchased as a separate package. As the new 20 year « moving wall » moves each year, the volume and cost of this material will increase.

As the open letter states « diminishing this coverage is opportunistic and potentially profiteering within a sector which is recognised to enjoy substantial profit margins as it greatly monetises the outputs and inputs of publicly-funded research ». (…) »