[Open-access] Looking again at “Big Deal” scholarly journal packages

Velichka Dimitrova velichka.dimitrova at okfn.org
Mon Feb 18 23:47:28 UTC 2013

Dear all,

Today Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management and member of the Open
Economics Advisory Panel writes about the "Big Deal" packages in publishing:


Based on the results of
there is evidence for increased availability of journals as the marginal
cost of providing an additional journal to libraries is zero in the
publishers' bundles.

There are however "wrinkles to all of this" - libraries are being squeezed
as eventhough the share spent on publisher deals has increased, their
overall budgets have shrunk. There is also an argument that publishers have
now transferred the functions of libraries (as well as the libraries'
money) to themselves.

Velichka Dimitrova
Open Economics Project Coordinator
Open Knowledge Foundation
http://okfn.org | http://openeconomics.net
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