Group purchasing pilot: Update on discounted pricing for digital archival collections

In partnership with the sector we reduce duplication of effort and save institutions time and money through the negotiation of pricing and licensing terms for digital content. The group purchasing pilot operates on the principle; that more products bought per publisher by any institution over the course of an academic year, the lower the final price paid. These fees are determined by pre-set discount triggers negotiated by Jisc. The four publishers participating in the group purchasing pilot are currently offering a minimum of 20% off the list price of over 70 digital archival collections in the group purchasing pilot. The discount level will increase as more products are sold between now and the end of July 2018 when the final levels of commitment are confirmed to trigger the final discounted fee. All products focus on arts, humanities and social sciences.

We’ve pleased we’ve achieved the minimum discount across all the publishers and hope to increase discounts based on cumulative products purchased by HE institutions between now and the end of July.

As of 6 July 2018, the current discount threshold achieved off the list price of each publishers products are as follows

Adam Matthew Digital 20%

Brill 20%


ProQuest 30%

For more information on the group purchasing pilot, and to access the products on offer from each publisher, go to

Orders for any of the products on offer should be placed through Jisc Collections. For any questions on the ordering process please email

By Karen Colbron

I focus on access and use of digital content in learning, teaching and research.

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