Dear Cardiff University,

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

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Mr Lawson

I acknowledge receipt of your email below received by this office on 1st October 2014 in which you requested information regarding Elsevier Journal Costs.

Your request will now be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and has been allocated reference FOI14-244 which should be quoted in all correspondence. We will respond to your request within 20 working days starting the next working day after receipt, therefore you can expect to receive a response no later than 29th October 2014.

Where we consider that we will not be able to meet this deadline or if further time is required to consider the public interest test we will contact you as soon as possible and give you a revised date for response.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and, if that is the case, we will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Team
Governance and Compliance Division
Cardiff University
McKenzie House
30-36 Newport Road
Cardiff
CF24 0DE

Fax 029 20874478
Tel 029 20879351

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InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Mr Lawson

 

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request below
dated 1st October 2014 in which you requested information regarding the
Elsevier Journals.

 

For ease of reference, I have reproduced your question below and set out
our corresponding response.

 

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.

 

I confirm that the University holds some information meeting the
description of the information sought in your request. 

 

The information the University can disclose is the overall annual
expenditure with Elsevier for access to journals, including ScienceDirect,
Cell Press and a number of individual titles including Lancet Respiratory
Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of N. America and
Psychology of Learning & Motivation. 

 

For the calendar years from 2010 to 2014 Cardiff University’s total
expenditure (inclusive of VAT) is as follows:

 

2010 = £805,524.76

2011 = £784,659.37

2012 = £791,269.21

2013 = £803,708.85

2014 = £831,307.32

 

We are advised that some pricing information is publically available from
Elsevier as follows:

 

Journal pricing: [1]http://www.elsevier.com/librarians/journ...

 

Pricing of mathematics journals:
[2]http://www.elsevier.com/physical-science...

 

I trust this information satisfies your enquiry.  The University has a
Freedom of Information Complaints Procedure should you feel dissatisfied
with this response or the way in which your request was handled.
Complaints must be made in writing and must set out why you believe the
University has not met its obligations under the Freedom of Information
Act.  You may email your complaint to [email address] where it
will be forwarded to the Director of Student Services and Governance who
will be responsible for overseeing the review.

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the outcome of your complaint, you
have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for
consideration.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at the
following address: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Cardiff University. If you require further assistance please feel free to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Matt Cooper
Information Rights Manager
Cardiff University
Governance and Compliance Division
[email address]
Direct Dial: 02920 875466

 

 

 

 

 

 

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