Evolution of the big deals use in the public universities of the Castile and Leon region, Spain

  1. Andrés Fernández-Ramos 1
  2. Blanca Rodríguez-Bravo 1
  3. María-Luisa Alvite-Díez 1
  4. Lourdes Santos-De-Paz 1
  5. María-Antonia Morán-Suárez 1
  6. Josefa Gallego-Lorenzo 1
  7. Isabel Olea 1
  1. 1 Universidad de León

    Universidad de León

    León, España

    ROR https://ror.org/02tzt0b78

El profesional de la información

ISSN: 1386-6710 1699-2407

Year of publication: 2019

Issue Title: Estructuras de poder en Comunicación / Power structures in Communication

Volume: 28

Issue: 6

Type: Article

DOI: 10.3145/EPI.2019.NOV.19 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openBULERIA editor

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The evolution of the use of electronic scientific journals in the 2007-2018 period by the academic communities of the public universities of Castilla and Leon, members of the Bucle consortium, is studied. Downloads of articles distributed by four broad-spectrum providers are analyzed: Emerald, ScienceDirect, SpringerLink, and Wiley. Unexpectedly, in spite of the new ways of accessing content, this analysis shows that the number of downloads in public universities in Castile and Leon has increased. However, it has been found that despite the growth, a few journals concentrate most of the downloads and that a large number of titles are not used. It has been verified that the universities with a higher number of staff and greater diversity of knowledge areas use a wider range of titles and thus obtain a higher benefit from their contracts. All of the above leads us to question the system of contracting big deals, i.e., bundles of hundreds of multidisciplinary journals and other resources. In a moment of change promoted by Plan S, we consider it more necessary than ever to understand the situation of the provision of serial scientific publications and to find the best strategy to have access to them.

Funding information

This research has been funded by the Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad 2017 (the State Research, Development and Innovation Program for the Challenges of the Society 2017), convened by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad (Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness) and the Agencia Estatal de Investigación (Spanish State Research Agency) (CSO2017-87956-R) and by the grant program aimed at supporting the accredited research groups of public universities of Castile and Leon started in 2018, convened by the Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Castilla y León (Ministry of Education of the Castile and Leon regional government) (LE028G18).

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