Report: Six Month OA Mandate Would Cut Journal Subscriptions By Almost Half

The U.K.’s Publishers Association released a report suggesting that libraries would cancel 65 percent of arts, humanities and social sciences journal subscriptions, and 44 percent of scientific, technical and medical ones, if the United Kingdom adopted an across-the-board open access mandate.

The potential effect of making journals free after a six month embargo’ was commissioned by The Publishers Association and the Association of Learned, Professional and Society Publishers [ALPSP]. Some 950 libraries around the world were sent surveys; 210 responded, of which 159 were from higher education libraries.”

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