[Irtalk] Evaluating big deal journal bundles

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Jun 17 08:08:33 SAST 2014

Large commercial publishers sell bundled online subscriptions to their
entire list of academic journals at prices significantly lower than the sum
of their á la carte prices. Bundle prices differ drastically between
institutions, but they are not publicly posted. The data that we have
collected enable us to compare the bundle prices charged by commercial
publishers with those of nonprofit societies and to examine the types of
price discrimination practiced by commercial and nonprofit journal
publishers. This information is of interest to economists who study
monopolist pricing, librarians interested in making efficient use of
library budgets, and scholars who are interested in the availability of the
work that they publish.

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