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Taylor & Francis: New UC Systemwide Agreement

CDL is pleased to announce that it has finalized an agreement on a new consortial contract for systemwide access to Taylor & Francis journals  effective with the 2016 calendar year.  The new agreement, negotiated and implemented early in 2016 but only recently finalized, is a successor to a previous T&F contract that was canceled in 2013.

The new 3-year agreement (2016-2018) includes access for all 10 campuses to the complete T&F collection of over 2,000 titles and perpetual rights to more than 1,000 titles published with T&F, Routledge and American Statistical Association imprints. The collection also includes medical titles previously published under the Informa Healthcare imprint. Perpetual rights are also extended to all campuses for the locally subscribed titles during the ‘gap years’ of 2013-2015.

As part of the financial terms, the complete T&F archive as of Dec. 2015 was purchased with CDL funds and includes perpetual rights to all 2,000 titles going back to Volume 1 through 1996.  Also included are Expert Opinions Modern Archive and Expert Reviews Modern Archive, both 1997-2006.

The new agreement includes a number of key benefits:  (1) the systemwide cost is now based on the locally-subscribed journals during 2013-2016; (2) collectively, UC achieves increased value in the new contract for equivalent content at a lower cost than before the cancellation; (3) individual campus co-investment is now realigned to the cost of journals that have local interest and within local budgets.

Other license terms include text and data mining rights, author rights to use their own work, article processing charge (APC) discounts for UC authors, deeply discounted print pricing (DDP), and an annual reporting of open access publication rates in T&F journals.

Future plans include a re-evaluation and re-assessment of the value metrics and usage statistics for the current and archival T&F collections.

The decision to cancel and later reinstate the T&F journals involved many UC staff, selectors and librarians, collection officers and senior administrators.  Both systemwide decisions were discussed in depth over many months, data was analyzed and evaluated by a campus-led strategy task force appointed by the systemwide Collections Licensing Subcommittee in 2015, and the outcome was agreed upon collaboratively across the UC Libraries.  We want to thank all those involved in the extensive decision processes that occurred in 2013 and most recently in 2015 and 2016. We believe that this agreement is mutually beneficial for the University of California and Taylor & Francis, and look forward to future collaborative endeavors.