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Balancing the Acquisitions Budget - 2022

For the past several years, the Archer Library’s acquisitions budget has been operating at a deficit. Our acquisitions budget today is below the level it was in 2009 ($2.97M compared to $3.13M), while annual vendor increases, inflation, and the fluctuating value of the Canadian dollar have decreased our relative buying power by over $1M in the same time period.

The Library is committed to strategically balancing its acquisitions budget while minimizing impact on teaching, research and curriculum development at the University of Regina.  

The Library’s Collection Assessment Team (CAT) has identified subscriptions to Wiley and Taylor & Francis packages for non-renewal. Journals from all disciplines will be impacted by the non-renewal.  Rather than subscribing to the entire packages, we will be individually subscribing to journals from these publishers: 21 from Wiley, and 13 from Taylor & Francis.  More information about those titles is available in the linked documents below.

The decision is data-driven and is based on the principles of stewardship, transparency, fairness, and equity across all disciplines. We have set up this webpage to provide more information to the campus community about our decision-making process. 

Please check back regularly for updates.

Decision-Making Criteria

Multidisciplinary - Multidisciplinary packages were considered to ensure that no single department or discipline had to absorb all cancellations, and instead the cancellations were distributed across all disciplines to attempt to ensure maintenance of the broadest possible access for all students, staff and faculty.

Cost per use - Both of these journal packages have a large number of titles with a high cost per use, meaning that usage is low while the subscription cost is high.  For example, cost per use for several Wiley journal titles is in excess of $300 per article, and one is as high as $1600 per use.

Un-bundling options - These publishers make it affordable to 'un-bundle' the packages, so we can subscribe to individual titles as needed. 

Post-cancellation access - Due to prior licensing agreements in place with these publishers, we would retain access to the backfiles from these publishers, and the options for re-subscribing at a later date are much more favourable.  This allows us to retain access to 65% of the content while still balancing the acquisitions budget.   

Open Access Agreements - Some publishers now offer transformative agreements that include reduced pricing for Author Processing Charges on Open Access articles (Wiley, for example, does not).  The Library remains committed to advancing open access and considered support for OA as part of the decision making process.  Read more about transformative agreements.

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