Primary Research Group survey on Open Access in academic libraries

Aus liblicense-l: Primary Research Group ( is planning to publish a survey of academic & research library purchasing practices for scholarly and professional journals. Participants are listed in an appendix but responses are not identified by name and data is presented only in aggregate categories. The survey is open to academic & research libraries of all nations. Participants receive a free PDF copy of the estimated 100-page report. Data is broken out by type and size of institution for easier benchmarking. To take the 45-question survey, follow the link below:

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  • What percentage of the library’s total number of journal subscriptions does the library acquire in the form of subscriptions bundled with at least 50 other titles?
  • Has the library ever systematically compared print and online editions of all or a sample of its journal subscriptions? What do you think of text and image quality in the online versions compared to the print versions? Has this ever been a factor in keeping or eliminating a print version?
  • Which phrase comes closest to describing your attitude towards the open access movement?
    • It’s a nice idea but I don’t think that it will affect journal prices much.

    • It has not had much of an impact yet but it should eventually slow the growth of price increases for journals or modestly improve contract conditions.
    • It has already slowed the growth of price increases for journals or modestly improved contract conditions and there may be additional gains but nothing too dramatic.
    • We have already made significant progress and if we continue to grow the base of open access articles open access will eventually lead to significantly lower journal costs for libraries.
  • How do you agree to this statement? : Journal publishers have been able to continuously increase prices because they control peer review and this control of peer review has not been challenged by an alternative system controlled by academics themselves. If libraries want to force down the price of journals, they must develop an alternative peer review process that breaks the monopoly that private publishers have on this process.
  • What percentage of your journal subscriptions that provide electronic access also provide perpetual archival access to back issues at least for the years in which you were a subscriber?
    As a general average what percentage rate of service fees (based on a percentage of total serials spending through the agent) do you pay to your main subscription agent?
  • What do you think of the journal pricing policies of the following journal publishers over the past three years?
    • The price increases have been ridiculious and we’ve had to take action to reduce subscriptions
  • What do you think of the archival and perpetual access policies typically offered by the following journal publishers?