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The purchase 'en bloc' by library consortia of all journals published by one publisher - the so-called 'Big Deal' - is bad for small publishers and for large libraries even if - in the short term - good for large publishers and for small libraries. The publishing and library communities need to find alternative purchasing models that provide better deals for those disadvantaged by the prevalence of the 'Big Deal' while retaining the benefit of scale in negotiation and supply.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: April 1, 2003

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  • Editor in Chief: Pippa Smart
    North American Editor: Judy Luther

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