Dear Aston University,

This is an information request under the Freedom of Information Act of 2000.

I would like to be provided with the following information about academic/scientific journals specifically. For the latest ten financial or calendar years available:

#1 - How much the institution has been spending annually for all of its subscribed online access to academic journals for each publisher the institution has any academic journal subscription with? Per year?

#2 - How much the institution has been spending annually for each individually-subscribed journal (“à la carte”, not part of a bundle package)? What are these journals (their title?) and how much were they each year?

#3 - What is the number of successful full-text article requests for each subscribed journal (and its title) for each of the latest ten financial or calendar years? Note: I would like the data as well even if a given journal was not part of the university’s academic journal subscriptions at some point during that decade, either because of a subscription that happened later or because of the cancellation of a subscription. If so, please indicate it clearly for the year for which it applies (for instance, with an “X”, “Not subscribed”, etc.).

Please provide the data in a data file format like .csv .xslx, etc. Unless it would be much easier or quicker for you otherwise, please provide the requested data in three separate documents (one for Question #1, another for #2, and the last one for #3).

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others, and should this prove to be the case I would ask that you release available data as soon as possible rather than hold up the entire request.

Please let me know if my request exceeds the resources limit levelled by the FOI Act of 2000, and I would be glad to narrow it down. It is legally required for the institution to let me know if that is the case.

As well, if you need any clarification, then please contact me via email. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

I thank you very much, please do not hesitate to contact me if needed.

Yours faithfully,

Steve Carufel

FOI Requests, Aston University

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Dear Mr Carufel

Our ref: FOI/1718/123

Thank you for your email of today’s date.  Your request will be dealt with
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be
answered within twenty working days of receipt.  We will endeavour to
provide the information as early as possible.

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact us, quoting the reference number above. 

Kind regards.

Yours sincerely,

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko
Compliance Officer

 

 

Aston Triangle 
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

[1]www.aston.ac.uk

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From: Steve Carufel [mailto:[FOI #469453 email]]
Sent: 08 March 2018 09:54
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Academic journals costs & use

 

Dear Aston University,

 

This is an information request under the Freedom of Information Act of
2000.

 

I would like to be provided with the following information about
academic/scientific journals specifically. For the latest ten financial or
calendar years available:

 

#1 - How much the institution has been spending annually for all of its
subscribed online access to academic journals for each publisher the
institution has any academic journal subscription with? Per year?

 

#2 - How much the institution has been spending annually for each
individually-subscribed journal (“à la carte”, not part of a bundle
package)? What are these journals (their title?) and how much were they
each year?

 

#3 - What is the number of successful full-text article requests for each
subscribed journal (and its title) for each of the latest ten financial or
calendar years? Note: I would like the data as well even if a given
journal was not part of the university’s academic journal subscriptions at
some point during that decade, either because of a subscription that
happened later or because of the cancellation of a subscription. If so,
please indicate it clearly for the year for which it applies (for
instance, with an “X”, “Not subscribed”, etc.).

 

Please provide the data in a data file format like .csv .xslx, etc. Unless
it would be much easier or quicker for you otherwise, please provide the
requested data in three separate documents (one for Question #1, another
for #2, and the last one for #3).

 

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others, and should
this prove to be the case I would ask that you release available data as
soon as possible rather than hold up the entire request.

 

Please let me know if my request exceeds the resources limit levelled by
the FOI Act of 2000, and I would be glad to narrow it down. It is legally
required for the institution to let me know if that is the case.

 

As well, if you need any clarification, then please contact me via email.
Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect
you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

 

I thank you very much, please do not hesitate to contact me if needed.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Steve Carufel

 

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Dear Mr Carufel

 

Our ref: FOI/1718/123

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information.

 

Kind regards.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko
Compliance Officer

 

 

Aston Triangle 
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

[1]www.aston.ac.uk

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From: Steve Carufel [mailto:[FOI #469453 email]]
Sent: 08 March 2018 09:54
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Academic journals costs & use

 

Dear Aston University,

 

This is an information request under the Freedom of Information Act of
2000.

 

I would like to be provided with the following information about
academic/scientific journals specifically. For the latest ten financial or
calendar years available:

 

#1 - How much the institution has been spending annually for all of its
subscribed online access to academic journals for each publisher the
institution has any academic journal subscription with? Per year?

 

#2 - How much the institution has been spending annually for each
individually-subscribed journal (“à la carte”, not part of a bundle
package)? What are these journals (their title?) and how much were they
each year?

 

#3 - What is the number of successful full-text article requests for each
subscribed journal (and its title) for each of the latest ten financial or
calendar years? Note: I would like the data as well even if a given
journal was not part of the university’s academic journal subscriptions at
some point during that decade, either because of a subscription that
happened later or because of the cancellation of a subscription. If so,
please indicate it clearly for the year for which it applies (for
instance, with an “X”, “Not subscribed”, etc.).

 

Please provide the data in a data file format like .csv .xslx, etc. Unless
it would be much easier or quicker for you otherwise, please provide the
requested data in three separate documents (one for Question #1, another
for #2, and the last one for #3).

 

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others, and should
this prove to be the case I would ask that you release available data as
soon as possible rather than hold up the entire request.

 

Please let me know if my request exceeds the resources limit levelled by
the FOI Act of 2000, and I would be glad to narrow it down. It is legally
required for the institution to let me know if that is the case.

 

As well, if you need any clarification, then please contact me via email.
Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect
you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

 

I thank you very much, please do not hesitate to contact me if needed.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Steve Carufel

 

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Dear FOI Requests,

Thank you for those detailed estimates. I have taken good note of them and I would then like to ask for a subset of the initial information requested. What follows is my narrowed down request:

-For the last 5 years (not 10)...

(a) to which journals (list of all titles) the institution has been subscribing to, regardless of the type of publication or the provider, per each year (it can be across several documents or spreadsheets if this can help)

(b) to which "bundle packages" the journal has been subscribed to, with the cost for each if possible (if not, leave out the cost).

(c) total yearly expenditures for all academic journal subscriptions, if possible per type of subscription (individual vs bundle package, leave out the breaking down by type of subscription if not possible).

Let me know if this has to be changed again, thank you!

Yours sincerely,

Steve Carufel

FOI Requests, Aston University

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Dear Mr Carufel

Our ref: FOI/1718/150

Thank you for your email of 12 April 2018.  Your request will be dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be
answered within twenty working days of receipt.  We will endeavour to
provide the information as early as possible.

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact us, quoting the reference number above. 

Yours sincerely,

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko
Compliance Officer

 

 

Aston Triangle 
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

[1]www.aston.ac.uk

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Dear Mr Carufel

 

Our ref: FOI/1718/150

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information.

 

Please kindly note our apologies that we have had some technical issues
with our internal systems at the University and therefore cannot supply
you with our full response. We will be sure to send you the data within
the week and will take priority.

 

Kind regards,

 

Simran

 

Simran Sohal

Administrator

 

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Aston Triangle 
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

 

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Dear Mr Carufel

 

Our ref: FOI/1718/150

 

Further to our email of yesterday, we now attach the remaining information
referred to in your request. 

 

Kind regards.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko
Compliance Officer

 

 

Aston Triangle 
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

[1]www.aston.ac.uk

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Dear FOI Requests,

Thank you!

Yours sincerely,

Steve Carufel

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