Elsevier journal subscription costs

Stuart Lawson made this Freedom of Information request to Imperial College London

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Dear Imperial College London,

Please publish the total amount paid to Elsevier for academic journals in each of the last five years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014).

I understand that your expenditure records may be held in academic financial years rather than calendar years. If so please provide figures for 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, and 2013/14.

A similar request was made earlier this year by Timothy Gowers. My understanding is that the figures provided to him were for one year only. Please provide the figures for all five years.

The figures should include payments made directly to Elsevier as well as any payments made to subscription agents or intermediaries for the purchase of, and/or access to, Elsevier academic journals. They should also include payment for journal packages such as Jisc Collections’ NESLi agreement, as well as for individual journals. Please include VAT where possible.

Please do not include payments for other products from the same company, such as Scopus, which are not academic journals.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Lawson

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Lawson

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. As you may know, the College must respond to your request within twenty working days of receipt of your request, and sooner if possible.

We will contact you again in due course.

Kind regards,

Jessica Silver

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Dear Jessica,

Has there been any progress on this request?

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Lawson

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Lawson

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request relating to Elsevier journal subscription costs. Please find the information you require as follows:

2009/10 - This data is no longer held and therefore cannot be provided.
2010/11 - £1,414,912.98 including VAT
2011/12 - £1,444,323.23 including VAT
2012/13 - £1,458,766.31 including VAT
2013/14 - £1,503,247.94 including VAT

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