[Irtalk] Impact of Social Sciences – Freedom of Information requests uncover the lack of transparency in journal subscription costs.

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sun Aug 2 10:44:26 SAST 2015

Stuart Lawson and Ben Meghreblian have been compiling a useful dataset via
Freedom of Information requests on how much academic publishers are
charging higher education institutions for journal subscriptions. Their
goal is to highlight the scale of the academic publishing market in the UK
and for this to inform policy discussions.
*Some of the barriers they came across in obtaining data on
expenditures were the infamous non-disclosure agreements by Elsevier and
also subscription agents, which handle the costs on behalf of libraries​.*

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