Academic journal costs

Stuart Lawson made this Freedom of Information request to Hartpury College

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Dear Hartpury,

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

Taylor & Francis
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.

I am aware that as a specialist institution, your expenditure with some of these publishers will be zero.

* 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

Dear Hartpury College,

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

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Lawson

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Natalie.Retsis, Hartpury College

Dear Stuart

Unfortunately we have not received any request from you.

Please can you send directly to me and I will ensure that we acknowledge receipt and respond within the set timeframe.

Yours Sincerely


Natalie Retsis
PA to Lynn Forrester-Walker – Chief Operating Officer
Diary Coordinator for Lesley Worsfold – Vice Principal Resources
Hartpury University and Hartpury College | Gloucester | GL19 3BE
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Email: [email address]

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Dear Natalie,

Thank you for your reply. My original request was sent to you through What Do They Know and is publicly viewable at

All correspondence I send will go through this route, and be available at this same link.

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Lawson

Emma Stevens, Hartpury College

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Please find attached a brief spreadsheet of our response. Prices include VAT. Although we have tried to be as thorough as possible, we do subscribe to some packages from agent Ebsco, which combine journal accesses from a range of publishers, so these have not been included as they are virtually impossible to portion out and place a value to.

Thank you very much for providing this data. For your information, the collated data from all institutions is available here:

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Lawson