September 16, 2021

University of California: New Systemswide Journal, Ebook Licensing Agreements with Two Major Academic Publishers

Two licensing agreements were announced this week by the California Digital Library (CDL).

1. Journals: Taylor & Francis: New UC Systemwide Agreement

CDL is pleased to announce that it has finalized an agreement on a new consortial contract for systemwide access to Taylor & Francis journals  effective with the 2016 calendar year.  The new agreement, negotiated and implemented early in 2016 but only recently finalized, is a successor to a previous T&F contract that was canceled in 2013.

The new 3-year agreement (2016-2018) includes access for all 10 campuses to the complete T&F collection of over 2,000 titles and perpetual rights to more than 1,000 titles published with T&F, Routledge and American Statistical Association imprints. The collection also includes medical titles previously published under the Informa Healthcare imprint. Perpetual rights are also extended to all campuses for the locally subscribed titles during the ‘gap years’ of 2013-2015.

The new agreement includes a number of key benefits:  (1) the systemwide cost is now based on the locally-subscribed journals during 2013-2016; (2) collectively, UC achieves increased value in the new contract for equivalent content at a lower cost than before the cancellation; (3) individual campus co-investment is now realigned to the cost of journals that have local interest and within local budgets.

Other license terms include text and data mining rights, author rights to use their own work, article processing charge (APC) discounts for UC authors, deeply discounted print pricing (DDP), and an annual reporting of open access publication rates in T&F journals.

Read the Complete Announcement

2. Ebooks: Cambridge Books Online, 2016-2018

The UC Libraries have acquired the Cambridge Books Online collection for systemwide access to Cambridge University Press eBooks published in 2016-2018.  All 10 campuses and CDL contributed toward this purchase.

The agreement represents a major systemwide adoption of ebooks, and includes unlimited user and perpetual access to the complete Cambridge Books Online (CBO) monographs and course books of approximately 1,250 titles per year (textbooks are not included.) The estimated subject breakdown is as follows: humanities 23%, social science 51%, science & engineering 27%. Not included in the systemwide package are the Cambridge Histories Online Series (CHO), Cambridge Companions Online (CCO) or content that is exclusively offered as part of a database or archive purchase such as the Cambridge Archive Editions.

Read the Complete Announcement

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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