[Irtalk] Study: Journal Bundle Discounts Vary Widely Across Institutions

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Jul 9 19:04:16 SAST 2014

Most academic librarians are familiar with the ‘big deal’ bundles offered
by large academic publishers, which grant access to a large number of
journals from a particular publisher at a discounted rate. And many will
also be familiar with the opacity surrounding those deals, which are often
negotiated on a school-by-school basis with confidentiality clauses in
place. *A new study of the economics of these bundle deals suggests that
variations in how these bundles are priced for different institutions mean
that they are a better deal for some schools than others.*

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