Over £1 million in savings – Celebrating the DAC group purchasing scheme

Since 2017, the digital archival collections group purchasing scheme has been helping Jisc members to purchase primary source content for use in learning, teaching and research in an affordable and transparent way. Participating organizations have collectively saved over £1 million since the scheme began.

It removes the need to negotiate with publishers as members can view the prices for all products across Jisc bands, and it is a one-off perpetual purchase with no recurring hosting or platform fees. The automatic 20% discount off the list price delivers instant value. Members then collectively drive the price down further based on the products they purchase from each publisher.  Last year, one institution automatically qualified all other members for the maximum 30% discount from a publisher based on the volume of products bought. This community benefit sits at the core of the scheme. Not only are they acquiring content that fits their institutional needs, but also potentially benefiting others. Final prices are calculated when the yearly scheme closes on July 31, and credit notes applied if the discount has changed since the sale was made.

As we start 2024, this year’s scheme sees the return of two publishers – East View and ProQuest – who will be joining De Gruyter, Irish Newspaper Archives, JSTOR and Microform offering 54 products over a wide range of subjects.


By Karen Colbron

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

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