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Higher education sector seeks discount from publishers

Jisc and Universities UK say publishers must cut their fees given pandemic’s impact on sector

Major academic publishers have been told to reduce the cost of their agreements with universities by a quarter given the pandemic’s impact on sector finances.

In a joint letter sent on 17 June, higher education IT firm Jisc and vice-chancellors’ body Universities UK urged publishers to work with Jisc to implement discounts and measures to provide “flexible pricing that offers institutions meaningful options”.

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