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About us

Jisc Collections is the negotiation and licensing service of Jisc that supports the procurement of digital content for higher education and research institutions in the UK.  The service is part of the core Jisc Subscription to our HE members.  All UK publicly funded HE institutions and Research Councils are eligible to subscribe to the agreements we have negotiated for our members.

We are uniquely placed to provide our members with:

  • expertise in negotiating, procuring, and licensing digital content within the scholarly communications sector to save librarians time and money
  • high-quality e-resource collections selected for academic research, teaching, and learning
  • best pricing and licensing, using our collective influence to obtain value for money
  • environmental scanning and research into innovative resources, licensing models and evaluation tools
  • shared knowledge about e-resource acquisition and research.

In addition, our negotiation and licensing service supports the transition to Open Access and the UK Government's Open Access agenda.  For example we negotiate Offset agreements in our journal negotiations.  This addresses the issue of the total cost to an institution of researchers publishing Open Access articles, with payment via an Article Processing Charge (APC), in the same 'hybrid' journals that are also accessed and paid for by the institution's licence fee.

Now, more than ever, librarians must show value for money. Jisc Collections provides annual efficiency gains to our members of approximately £75 million, and enable scholars and learners to use each resource to its fullest potential.

Selection and negotiation

As a shared service, consultation and collaboration is at the heart of what we do. We actively engage and consult with librarians and members of our Jisc Collections Content Strategy Group to identify content that will add value to their collections. We have a Collections Management and Development Policy and endorse only those publishers who agree to our licensing and pricing terms. 

Our expertise in negotiation and procurement, combined with our price banding for institutions and model licence, means librarians can focus on their core function.

Our negotiation service utilises an experienced licensing team that specialises in strategic negotiations for core content including unique scholarly journal content. Our members trust us to:

  • Represent and understand their interests
  • Mediate successfully between commercial and academic interests 
  • Obtain the best possible pricing and licence terms to support research and education 
  • Ensure the availability of data and tools to measure value for money and ROI.

We take no commission or payment from publishers/providers as a result of our publisher engagement, ensuring that the interests of our members are at the heart of our negotiations.

Operational processes

Our internal operational processes reflect a structured annual cycle.  The Jisc Collections team works to a work flow that incorporates a number of defined phases in the year:  planning and research; negotiation, consultation, reporting, procurement process, communications, administration and support, and savings reports. 

Our Catalogue provides a route for librarians to search for resources, order and renew agreements, and accept licence terms through an online acceptance process, as well as keeping track of transactions in My Account.  

Our Helpdesk provides a first point of support and advice, plus a range of tools assist librarians in the licensing process.

Research and knowledge sharing

The processes and mechanisms of scholarly communication are changing rapidly. To ensure that our service continues to meet the needs of our members in this changing landscape, we have a research team that:

  • Examines the needs and behaviours of modern students and researchers to inform resource development and licensing
  • Explores how innovative tools and technology can support efficient procurement
  • Develops effective and sustainable business models for e-resources
  • Leads to collaborative licensing for wider access
  • Keeps us, and our members, at the forefront of the scholarly communications environment.

We work collaboratively across UK institutions to gather, validate and share knowledge. Our background in the library community, combined with our commercial experience, allows us to support academic library staff across the UK.

Service provision to other sectors and Jisc Collections Affiliate Membership

For organisations outside the core Jisc Subscription/Membership, Jisc Collections offers services to other sectors, including the possibility of Affiliate Membership, and works with museums, public libraries, national consortia, membership organisations, health-related library groups, and pharmaceutical companies.

Name and Registered Office

Jisc Services Limited
One Castlepark
Tower Hill

Company No: 2881024
VAT No: GB 197 0632 86

Registered in England and Wales


Lasted updated: January 2017