May 18, 2022

Academic Publishing: SPARC Releases 2020 Update to Landscape Analysis & Roadmap for Action Report

From the Publication Announcement:

In the year that’s elapsed since SPARC released its comprehensive Landscape Analysis and accompanying Roadmap for Action, an in-depth look at how the academic publishing market is changing and the implications of those changes for higher education institutions,  our community has experienced significant changes. Today, SPARC is releasing The 2020 Update to those documents on a new interactive website designed to make taking action easier for librarians and campus administrators.

The update examines the events of the past year particularly the global COVID health and resulting economic crisis, and provides updates on the academic publishing market landscape, and the status of the key companies involved.  It highlights emerging trends in academic publishing market that merit close attention, including:

  1. A significant deepening in the shift of major companies away from research publishing and towards research assessment;
  2. A shift away from individual research distribution to more communal, consolidated models; and
  3. The emergence of a “Bigger Deal,” where institutional content licensing is directly linked to the purchase of data analytics services.


The update was compiled by Claudio Aspesi, market expert and lead author, along with SPARC’s Nicole Allen, Raym Crow, Heather Joseph, Joseph McArthur, and Nick Shockey.

Direct to 2020 Update: SPARC Landscape Analysis & Roadmap for Action

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Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.