13 May 2019 | Report

2019 Big Deals Survey Report

An Updated Mapping of Major Scholarly Publishing Contracts in Europe

By Rita Morais, Lennart Stoy and Lidia Borrell-Damián

The Second EUA Big Deals Survey Report is an updated mapping of major scholarly publishing contracts in Europe.


Conducted in 2017-2018, the report gathers data from 31 consortia covering an unprecedented 167 contracts with five major publishers: Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, Wiley and American Chemical Society. Readers will discover that the total costs reported by the participating consortia exceed one billion euros for periodicals, databases, e-books and other resources – mainly to the benefit of large, commercial scholarly publishers.

The report provides an overview of Big Deal negotiations across Europe, focusing on topics such as the organisation of negotiations, provisions on Open Access and transparency of contracts and costs. It also offers information on the consortia and focuses specifically on periodical Big Deal contracts with the five large publishers selected for this survey. Finally, the report addresses the costs of Big Deal contracts, offering conclusions and policy recommendations on the negotiation of contracts.

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