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Transparent pricing and no recurring platform fees for purchases of digital archives

As research has shown, digital archival collections provide valuable research opportunities in learning, teaching and research. With UK higher education library budgets squeezed, and competition to buy weighted towards books and journals, digital archival collections benefit from a simplified and more cost-efficient acquisition workflow. How do we take away the need for UK higher education libraries to negotiate with publishers on the price of digital archival collections? How do we level the playing field, so all members benefit equally from the available discounts on the costs of products? Both of those concerns have been addressed with the digital archival collections group purchasing scheme, that is based on the principle ‘the more products that are purchased, the lower the price for all.’

Our transparent and inclusive acquisition model:

  • Removes the need to negotiate with publishers on an individual level
  • Includes an automatic discount of 20% off the Jisc banded list prices that increases in discount based on volume of sales across all participating institutions
  • Offers a one-off price for perpetual access with no recurring platform fees.

Since 2017, over 40 UK higher education institutions have collectively saved over £600,000 on the costs of static digital archival collections included in the digital archical collections group purchasing scheme. Having expanded the number of collections on offer to over 90, the scheme offers great access to content to support learning, teaching and research in the UK.

Help us to improve this service

In order to ensure the group purchasing scheme continues to meet your requirements, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

You can take part in our short survey whether you have used it or not, and we’ll use the feedback to inform any changes or improvements.

Please return your feedback by 1st February

Any questions contact Karen Colbron, Digital content manager karen.colbron@jisc.ac.uk

By Karen Colbron

I focus on access and use of digital content in learning, teaching and research, offering guidance and support through the ‘Making your digital collections easier to discover’ online guide and training aimed at Jisc’s higher education members.
Additionally, I run the digital archival collections group purchasing scheme – an innovative purchasing model based on a very simple principle – the more products collectively purchased by our members, the lower the price for everyone involved.

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