Dear Anglia Ruskin University,

For the years 2017, 2018, and 2019, please publish the total amount paid to each of the following publishers for academic journals:

Wiley
Springer*
Elsevier
Taylor & Francis
Sage
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
Nature Publishing Group*
Royal Society of Chemistry
Institute of Physics Publishing

I understand that your expenditure records may be held in academic financial years rather than calendar years. If so, I am happy for the response to be provided in the same format, with figures for 2016/17, 2017/18, and 2018/19. (Although 2019 has not ended yet, my understanding is that payments for access to journals for 2019 are likely to have all been made by now.)

The figures should include payments made directly to the publishers as well as any payments made to subscription agents or intermediaries for the purchase of, and/or access to, the publishers' academic journals. They should also include payment for journal packages such as Jisc Collections agreements, as well as for individual journals. Please include VAT where possible, and indicate whether or not figures include VAT.

* Although Springer Nature is the parent company for these two publishers, my understanding is that Springer journals and Nature journals are still paid for separately, so I think it makes sense to regard these as two different publishers with different expenditure amounts.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Lawson

foi, Anglia Ruskin University

Dear Stuart,

Thank you for your request for information

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Information Compliance Team
  
ARU, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
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foi, Anglia Ruskin University

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Dear Stuart

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Compliance Team

 

Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ

 

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Dear Information Compliance Team,

For your information, the collated data from all institutions who responded to my requests is available here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3659970

I believe this means your original response is illogical. I believe that you can (and should) release the information. As you can see, I have sent the same request to all higher education institutions in the UK, and the majority have now responded to the request by releasing the data.

As a reminder, you have already released expenditure in previous years, e.g. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a... and https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e.... The full dataset for all institutions in previous years is also available at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1186... and https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.4542....

Since negotiations for journal agreements generally occur on a sector-wide level through a single central negotiator – Jisc Collections – it is not in your institution’s interest for figures to remain secret. Indeed, full transparency of these figures can show your institution how much comparable institutions are paying, allowing you to understand whether you are receiving appropriate value from your payments. The current situation is almost complete transparency with regards to the amounts paid by UK institutions to most of the major journal publishers.

Finally, I believe there is a high public interest in releasing the data, as evidenced by the high level of engagement with earlier data releases (https://figshare.altmetric.com/details/2...) and news articles about it (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/new...). It has directly informed UK government policy documents (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...). The publishing sector is moving towards greater transparency, such as through the forthcoming Plan S requirements (https://www.coalition-s.org/principles-a...). To be accountable for the expenditure of public funds, and to align your practices with best practice across the sector, I urge you again to release the information.

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Lawson

foi, Anglia Ruskin University

Thank you for your request for an Internal review.

The Information Compliance Team at Anglia Ruskin University has received your request and has logged it with the reference in the subject line of this email.

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We will respond to you within 20 working days following the date of receiving your request, or will advise you within this period if there is a valid reason to either extend this target date or in the event that we require clarification or refinement of your request.

Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team

ARU, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
aru.ac.uk
ARU Cambridge | ARU Chelmsford | ARU London | ARU Peterborough

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Dear Stuart

Please find attached the outcome of your requested internal review

Yours sincerely

David Humphreys
Information Compliance Manager

ARU, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
T: +44 (0) 1245 683696| Internal ext. 3696
aru.ac.uk
ARU Cambridge | ARU Chelmsford | ARU London | ARU Peterborough

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