LIBER Welcomes the Publication of UK University Expenditure on Journal Packages

« LIBER welcomes the recent publication of figures showing UK university expenditure on Elsevier’s journal packages. The figures shine a light on a market that currently lacks transparency and expose the wide variation in prices being paid by UK universities. These variations cannot be rationally explained in the current market where universities are subscribing to very similar journal packages.

Beyond this, LIBER questions the fairness of the current subscription prices. As RLUK has stated, research libraries are experiencing yearly increases in subscription prices, despite the fact that production costs have dropped for publishers in a digital environment (…) »