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Cost of scholarly publishing

The National Library monitors Swedish higher education institutions’ (HEIs) expenditure for scholarly literature and open access publishing in Sweden. It is important to overview the total cost of publishing incurred during the transition towards an open access scholarly publishing system.

The National Library started drafting the total cost of scholarly publishing last year. The cost is reported with a one year delay to include a full year’s data. Therefore, this year’s presented data covers 2018. The total cost of publishing is presented in diagrams and downloadable data to make it accessible and of practical use to many.

In 2018 the total cost of publishing for Swedish HEIs was at least 491 million Swedish kronor (SEK). The reported total cost is lower than the actual expenditure incurred since not all data is available.

2018

Expenditure item

Million Swedish kronor (SEK)

Subscriptions, Bibsam¹

180

Local subscriptions

138

Transformative agreements, Bibsam

75

Open Access publishing

46

Acquisitions

52

Total cost of publication

491

Overview of the total cost of publishing 2018. The reported total cost is lower than the actual expenditure incurred since not all data is available. ¹The Swedish library Consortium, Bibsam, negotiates licence agreements on behalf of Swedish organisations.

Total cost of publishing 2017 and 2018

Cost of scholarly publishing 2017

The cost of scholarly publishing 2017 is presented in the following report:

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