Academic journal costs

Stuart Lawson made this Freedom of Information request to Manchester Metropolitan University

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Dear Manchester Metropolitan 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, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Dear Mr Lawson

Apologies for the delay in responding to your request, we are currently considering the application of the public interest test to certain exemptions, in consultation with our suppliers, and hope to provide you with our final response by the end of this week.

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FOI, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Dear Mr Lawson

 

Apologies for the slight delay in responding.  Please find below the
information held in the categories you requested:

 

Publisher 2016 2017 2018 Notes
Wiley VAT
£247,973 £249,776 £249,450 included
Springer VAT
£50,552 £55,660 £58,491 included
Covers
subs to:
Neuron &
Elsevier Science
Direct;
VAT
£407,352 £416,803 £425,169 included
Taylor & VAT
Francis £235,466 £247,675 £274,764 included
4
Sage Packages 
- VAT
£45,806 £46,893 £48,700 included
Individual
Sage titles -
VAT
£111,577 £128,147 £137,528 included
Sage
Sage backfiles
hosting
£384 £384 £384 fee
Oxford
University VAT
Press £27,559 £32,631 £32,676 included
Nature
Publishing VAT
Group £35,131 £36,098 £36,536 included
Royal
Society of VAT
Chemistry £26,493 £29,222 £29,222 included
Institute No
of Physics individual
Publishing subs or
      collection

 

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Regards

 

Michelle Gretton | Senior Information Governance Officer

Legal Services | Manchester Metropolitan University

Email: [3][Manchester Metropolitan University request email]  

All Saints Building | Oxford Road | Manchester | M15 6BH | United Kingdom
| mmu.ac.uk

 

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Dear Michelle,

Thank you very much for providing this data. For your information, the collated data from all institutions is available here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3659970

You have provided figures for 2016, 2017, and 2018, whereas in my request I asked for 2017, 2018, and 2019. (For clarity, I am regarding the 2018/19 academic year as equivalent to 2019.) Would you be able to provide 2019 figures please?

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Lawson

FOI, Manchester Metropolitan University

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