University of Calgary cancels journal subscriptions

Canadian institution makes move in bid to save C$1.5 million in fees

January 23, 2017
Academic journals
Source: iStock

The University of Calgary has become the latest Canadian institution to cancel subscriptions to hundreds of journals in a bid to save C$1.5 million (£910,000) in fees.

The university, located in Canada’s Alberta province, cancelled more than 1,600 titles, more than half of which are published by Taylor & Francis and a significant proportion of which are published by Oxford University Press.

The university’s library made the decision after five leading publishers hiked their subscription prices to access articles, according to CBC News.

The University of Ottawa and Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) made similar moves last year. In September, Ottawa announced that it would cancel subscriptions to more than 8,000 journal titles in order to help save C$1.9 million from its budget, while MUN terminated subscriptions to thousands of journals last January.

Tamara Shepherd, assistant professor at the University of Calgary’s department of communication, media and film, told CBC News that the cuts initially led to “shock” and “outrage”.

However, she added: “It’s easy to place blame on the library for cutting them, but really the problem lies with the publishers, because there’s a totally unsustainable publishing model in academic work.”

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns