This new product makes the serials market more transparent and efficient by detailing what thousands of peer institutions have paid for journal subscription packages. Individual institutions can use these pricing data, as well as the other resources on this site, to understand best practices in the field, make clearer assessments about the suitability of Big Deals, and better inform negotiations. SPARC has invested resources and development to collect and standardize these data. The Big Deal Knowledge Base helps the market work better and lowers the transaction costs of finding already public information. This is intended to help universities plan better.

Sourcing: Pricing Data: Individual entries are linked to third party resources within the database; non-linked entries come from Freedom of Information requests (courtesy of Ted Bergstrom and Paul Courant). FTE Data: UK Higher Education Statistics Agency for UK FTE (HE student enrollment FTE + HE staff); DOE IPEDS for US FTE (“Full-time equivalent fall enrollment” + “Total FTE staff”); Universities Canada and COPPUL for Canadian FTE (student data only). Institutional Categories: Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

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