Leaving Elsevier's "big deal": an evaluation of the Italian National Institute of Health experience inside the Bibliosan Consortium

Toni, Franco Leaving Elsevier's "big deal": an evaluation of the Italian National Institute of Health experience inside the Bibliosan Consortium., 2012 . In 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML 2012), Limerick (Ireland), 22-25 May 2012. (In Press) [Conference paper]


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In 2011 the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), the Italian National Institute of Health, has been forced, due to economic reason, to leave the Bibliosan Consortium contract with the publisher Elsevier. The contract, following the “big deal” model, provided for the maintenance of paper subscriptions and the payment of an additional fee for the whole electronic collection (more than 2,000 journal titles). The continuous increase of annual costs has led to unsustainable growth in costs and to the subsequent cancellation of the contract. This meant that more than 500 researchers of the Institute have suddenly had access to just 180 Elsevier current titles instead of the previous 2,000. The study traces the various stages which led to taking this unavoidable decision to cut about half of the Elsevier’s journals and analyzes its impact.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Library Statistics, Contract models, Agreements with publishers, Consortia, Elsevier
Subjects: J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JA. Acquisitions.
Depositing user: Franco Toni
Date deposited: 30 May 2012
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:22
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/17042


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