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National consortia

We provide negotiating and licensing services to the following national and international consortia:

The collective e-resources procurement initiative known as IReL (Irish Research electronic Libraries), appointed us through a tendering exercise to undertake pricing and contract negotiations with a range of publishers and content providers on behalf of the IReL consortium.

In the first scheme of its kind in the UK, starting in 2009, we negotiated e-journal agreements with three leading academic publishers – Cambridge University Press, the American Chemical Society and Springer – on behalf of all higher education universities in Scotland. The Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL) has been backed by all of Scotland's HEIs, who say that easier access to more journals will stimulate better research and support learning and teaching.  

In 2011 and 2012 we expanded our negotiation activities on behalf of SHEDL to include agreements with Bloomsbury (Berg), Oxford University Press and SAGE Publishing.  We continue to support SHEDL which now incorporates the National Library and National Museum of Scotland and, in some agreements, accommodates NHS in Scotland users.

We have negotiated a number of journal agreements on behalf of WHEEL.

In partnership with Jisc, we collaborated with national consortia from Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands on the Knowledge Exchange Licensing Initiative. This multinational initiative built on our best practice for licensing and negotiation, and tested the effectiveness and efficiencies resulting from different business models.

Following a rigorous procurement process, 5 online resources were made available to all UK Higher and Further Education institutions, and Research Councils on the basis of the Jisc Model Licence and under a range of business models.

The following resources were negotiated:

  • TheScientificWorldJOURNAL – purchased by Jisc Collections and free to all institutions until 31 December 2011
  • ALPSP Learned Journals Collection
  • BioOne
  • Multi–Science
  • Wiley InterScience™ OnlineBooks

Please visit the Knowledge Exchange website for more details.

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