May 22, 2022

80 University Libraries in UK, Ireland “Reject Taylor & Francis Opportunistic Change of Contract”

UPDATED POST February 20, 2018 Taylor and Francis Group Responds to Open Letter From University Libraries in UK and Ireland; Will NOT Enact Rolling Wall for Taylor & Francis “Full Access”

via SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries):

Over eighty university libraries have signed an open letter to Taylor & Francis rejecting their new policy of locking content more than 20 years old behind a “moving wall”.

This means that academic research which was previously available to universities as part of the Taylor & Francis “big deal” will now have to be purchased as a separate package. As the new 20 year “moving wall” moves each year, the volume and cost of this material will increase.

As the open letter states “diminishing this coverage is opportunistic and potentially profiteering within a sector which is recognised to enjoy substantial profit margins as it greatly monetises the outputs and inputs of publicly-funded research”.

Direct to Full Text of “Open Letter to Taylor & Francis Management”

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