Research Libraries UK, the Society of College, National and University Libraries, and Jisc said that universities were under heavy pressure to reduce all expenditure and divert financial resources to areas of immediate concern, such as online teaching and measures to limit the spread of Covid-19. As a result, immediate reductions on the price of journal subscriptions were necessary if institutions and their researchers were to retain access to content, they said.

Some publishers have provided temporary free access to their journals and announced a prize freeze for 2021, but library directors said that a freeze would not be enough to prevent subscription cancellations.

Noticia en Times Higher Education


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