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Licensing, Pricing and Contracts

CRKN Board of Directors reject proposal to charge Francophone and bilingual CRKN member institutions a significantly higher price than Anglophone institutions for a full collection
- 19 Jul 2018

Under the direction of its Content Strategy Committee (CSC) and with approval from its Board of Directors, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) will not be renewing its national license with Cairn, an aggregator of Francophone publications in the social sciences and humanities. This decision comes after Cairn indicated it would not remove its language-based pricing policy where Francophone and bilingual CRKN member institutions are charged a significantly higher price for the full collection than Anglophone institutions. As a national partnership of Canadian universities that include French-language, English-language, and bilingual institutions, CRKN members are not willing to endorse a proposal with differential pricing based on language.

In its last license renewal negotiations with Cairn in 2014, CRKN was not successful in its attempt to come to an equitable pricing model for all CRKN member institutions, regardless of language. Recognising the high-value of the French-language content that Cairn provides to CRKN members, CRKN agreed to a one-year extension in 2017 with the goal of resolving this impasse through negotiating a multi-year agreement. CRKN brought the issue to its Annual General Meeting in 2017 where members agreed that Cairn's language-based pricing was contrary to the shared values of creating fair pricing, regardless of language.

In discussions with Cairn, it was indicated that they would not consider changing the current pricing model for their full package. In consulting with the Francophone CRKN member institutions that are most impacted by Cairn's language-based pricing, CRKN requested guidance from the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) whose library directors' committee unanimously supported a principled stand against language-based pricing. In response to this, Cairn proposed a title-by-title selection option for a subset of the titles currently available in the full collection with pricing based on CRKN's banding system. The details of that proposal were reviewed and discussed by the CSC, however the committee members felt that this did not adequately address the issue of differential, language-based pricing, and therefore, was not acceptable.

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Elsevier and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research sign national license agreement to provide Russian-based researchers access to ScienceDirect
- 17 Jul 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) have signed a national license agreement for research and educational organisations in the Russian Federation. This collaboration will provide Russian-based researchers with scientific information to support basic and applied research.

The new agreement provides coverage for nearly the entire Russian research community - allowing access to the world's research information, resulting in better research performance. For over 10 years, RFBR has supported research and educational organisations in Russia by providing access to high-quality Elsevier journals.

ScienceDirect is Elsevier's leading information solution for researchers and peer-reviewed scholarly literature, containing more than 15 million publications from over 2,500 Elsevier journals and prestigious society journals. The current subscription also includes access to 5,000 Elsevier books to support multidisciplinary research in 24 subject fields.

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Wiley announces new license agreement with Brazil to provide unlimited access to the Cochrane Library
- 07 Feb 2018

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has announced a new license agreement with the country of Brazil providing unlimited access to the Cochrane Library. From academics to clinicians to patients, the two-year agreement provides one-click access to 7,000 published systematic reviews in healthcare interventions to more than 207 million Brazilians.

The access was possible due to the contract signed by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES in Portuguese) and Wiley. CAPES offers a tool for accessing and sharing scientific information called the Portal de Periódicos - a virtual library where the Cochrane Library is available.

Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, careers, and people interested in health. The organisation gathers and summarises the best evidence from research to help make informed choices about treatment. More than 37,000 Cochrane contributors from over 130 countries work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. There are 52 review groups covering a variety of health topics from Infectious Disease to Oral Health to Pregnancy and Childbirth.

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EBSCO Information Services releases Serials Price Projection Report for 2018
- 28 Sep 2017

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has released the 2018 Serials Price Projection Report. The report projects that the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and academic/medical libraries are expected to be in the range of five to six percent (before currency impact). EBSCO released the Serials Price Projections based on surveys of a wide range of publishers and reviews of historical serials pricing data to assist information professionals as they make budgeting decisions for the renewals season.

The Serials Price Projection Report looks at market dynamics highlighting many issues that have driven the scholarly information marketplace for several years including: library budgets, Open Access, government mandates, shifts in political climates, new assessment and evaluation tools and alternative distribution networks. The emergence of organised piracy, which may grow as a disruptive force in the marketplace, is also a topic in the report.

The healthy US economy is a stabilising force and academic library budgets in the US are showing some improvements, but libraries in many countries outside of the US are still seeing notable decreases in budgets. Even without budget decreases, libraries are experiencing serial costs outpacing budget growth. The US dollar has weakened relative to some currencies and this will impact libraries paying in euro and pounds sterling as the strength of local currencies may eliminate some pricing increases for titles priced in US dollars. The report recommends that customers add an additional two to four percent to the estimated price increases when budgeting. This provides added protection from the possible weakening of their currency between now and when subscription payments are made.

Although the serial price forecasts are based upon careful analysis, EBSCO recommends caution when using these projections, as they rely on historical trends and current estimates. EBSCO will update the projection information if economic conditions warrant it.

The 2018 Serials Price Projection Report in its entirety and the Five-Year Journal Price Increase History is available at http://journals.ebsco.com/products-services/explore-content.

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Techstreet partners with Standards Developing Organizations and private label stores to expand licensed content
- 09 May 2017

Techstreet, a web solution for enterprise standards management, is living up to its accolade by providing users a total of 13 new partnerships with Standard Developing Organizations (SDOs) and private label stores.

Techstreet's expanded licensed content assists in placing them as a key player among other products in the standards aggregator marketplace, illustrating its own growth and trajectory.

As a single solution suite of integrated tools from Clarivate Analytics, and part of the Patents&Standards business, Techstreet hosts a vast collection of industry codes and standards for use by organizations in an innovative and speedy web-based platform, allowing these organisations the opportunity to evolve based on their own needs.

Techstreet's newest SDO partners include the American Concrete Association, Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Metal Building Manufacturers Association, National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers, Norwegian Petroleum Industry Standards (Norsok), National Research Council Canada and Steel Joist Institute.

The company's newest private label stores include the Air Movement and Control Association, Glass Association of North America, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Metal Building Manufacturers Association, Metal Powder Industries Federation and Manufacturers Standardization Society.

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