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Monday 01 November 2004

Aggregators and the Primary Journal 2004

Author: John Cox (John Cox Associates Limited)
ISBN: 0-907341-28-4 / 978-0-907341-28-4
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"The report's a well written, quick-to-digest, 63-page document that, apart from its stated aim, gives you an inside overview of how aggregators and publishers work together, how stuff gets licensed for inclusion in an aggregation, and why some terms and conditions are as they are. It's a great primer on the general landscape. Clearly, I can't say enough good things about it."
Dick Kaser, Information Today, January 2005

Before the advent of the Internet, licensing content to third parties for re-publication in non-print formats was seen as an innocuous generator of some modest additional revenue. Since online information delivery has become the norm, this has changed, and the distinction between publishers' own online packages and the packages provided by aggregators has become blurred.

This ALPSP Report is an overview of the impact of aggregated databases on primary journals in the academic library market, based on published literature and on an accumulation of evidence from both publishers and libraries throughout the world, including interview-based research conducted during 2003 and 2004. It reviews how aggregated databases and publishers' own primary journals are used within university teaching and research. It discusses the impact of aggregated databases on publishers' subscription and journal licence revenue. It reviews the issues that concern publishers in managing a content licensing policy of which aggregators are a component. It contains profiles of each of the principal aggregators licensing full text journal content or serving the academic library market, including input specifically requested from the aggregators that have been profiled.

This Report is designed to guide publishers and journal proprietors, including learned societies and university presses on the application and use of journal content, whether subscribed to individually or as part of a publisher's package, or as a component of a larger aggregation of journal full text. It also indicates the potential impact of licensing content to aggregators on the publisher's primary journal business.

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