Academic journal costs

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Dear University of Birmingham,

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, University of Birmingham

Dear Mr Lawson

 
Thank you for your request for information below which the University of
Birmingham is processing under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

 

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From: [FOI #607965 email]
<[FOI #607965 email]>
Sent: 28 September 2019 14:29
To: FOI requests at University of Birmingham
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Academic journal costs
 
Dear University of Birmingham,

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

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Dear University of Birmingham,

The response to my request is overdue. Could you assure me that it is being dealt with please?

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Lawson

FOI, University of Birmingham

Dear Mr Lawson

Thank you for your email below.  Due to unexpected staffing issues, we are
currently unable to provide responses to Freedom of Information Act
requests as promptly as usual.  We apologise that your response will
therefore be a little late, but we can assure you that we will respond as
soon as possible.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact us.  Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 
Kind regards
Freedom of Information Team
University of Birmingham

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From: [FOI #607965 email]
<[FOI #607965 email]>
Sent: 23 November 2019 10:40
To: FOI
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Academic journal costs {ref
2019.09.450]
 
Dear University of Birmingham,

The response to my request is overdue. Could you assure me that it is
being dealt with please?

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Lawson

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