Transparency on Journal Pricing - Make a List!

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This poster discusses the creation and value of UNT Libraries Serials Transparency List that contains the subscription pricing information they receive from publishers. The list promotes transparency in journal pricing and informed decision-making in collection development. It was presented at The Exchange an Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)/Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)/Library Leadership and Management (LLAMA) Collaboration held virtually on May 4, 6, & 8, 2020.

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Enoch, Todd; Castillo, Darin & Brannon, Sian May 6, 2020.

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This poster discusses the creation and value of UNT Libraries Serials Transparency List that contains the subscription pricing information they receive from publishers. The list promotes transparency in journal pricing and informed decision-making in collection development. It was presented at The Exchange an Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)/Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)/Library Leadership and Management (LLAMA) Collaboration held virtually on May 4, 6, & 8, 2020.

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Abstract: The University of North Texas Libraries subscribe to 1000s of different journals, e-books, and database packages, generally with annual payments. While some publishers insist on contract/license terms that prohibit disclosure of pricing information, many do not. In 2017, following in the footsteps of the University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University, the University of North Texas Libraries elected to create a “Transparency List” of pricing for ongoing subscriptions for the sake of giving as much information as possible to inform decisions regarding collections. Each year, the Collection Development Department in the Libraries amass pricing information for a rolling 3 years, and post it as a spreadsheet and a dataset in the institutional repository. It includes a ‘data dictionary’ describing the various fields. When publishers prohibit disclosure of their pricing, we have redacted the costs, and included a statement as to why. So far, the online Serials Transparency List has been viewed over 1,430 times. With this information, we anticipate library liaisons and university faculty might look at pricing of journals in their fields for informed decision-making, and also use the data in ways we haven’t even thought of yet. We also make this public to the world in our institutional repository and through the SPARC Big Deal Knowledge Base in hopes that it helps other libraries with their negotiations and collection management decisions.

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  • The Exchange an Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)/Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)/Library Leadership and Management (LLAMA) Collaboration, May 4, 6, & 8, 2020.

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University of North Texas Libraries Serials Transparency List (Text)

University of North Texas Libraries Serials Transparency List

This document represents contains information regarding subscriptions purchased by UNT Libraries, along with pricing information for the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 fiscal years.

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University of North Texas Libraries Serials Transparency List, ark:/67531/metadc1132742

University of North Texas Libraries Serials Transparency List (Dataset)

University of North Texas Libraries Serials Transparency List

Dataset containing information regarding subscriptions purchased by UNT Libraries, along with pricing information for the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 fiscal years.

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University of North Texas Libraries Serials Transparency List, ark:/67531/metadc1181222

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  • May 6, 2020

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  • June 5, 2020, 4:16 p.m.

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Enoch, Todd; Castillo, Darin & Brannon, Sian. Transparency on Journal Pricing - Make a List!, poster, May 6, 2020; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1639376/: accessed July 15, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .