Posted by: bluesyemre | June 1, 2012

Leaving Elsevier’s “big deal”: an evaluation of the Italian National Institute of Health experience inside the Bibliosan Consortium

  • In 2011 the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), the Italian National Institute  of Health, has been forced, due to economic reason, to leave the Bibliosan  Consortium contract with the publisher Elsevier. The contract, following the “big  deal” model, provided for the maintenance of paper subscriptions and the payment  of an additional fee for the whole electronic collection (more than 2,000 journal  titles). The continuous increase of annual costs has led to unsustainable growth in  costs and to the subsequent cancellation of the contract. This meant that more than 500 researchers of the Institute have suddenly had access to just 180 Elsevier current  titles instead of the previous 2,000. The study traces the various stages which led to  taking this unavoidable decision to cut about half of the Elsevier‟s journals and  analyzes its impact.

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