Usage data, e-journal selection and negotiations: Iranian consortium experience
Emrani, Ebrahim and Moradi-Salari, A. and Jamali, Hamid R. Usage data, e-journal selection and negotiations: Iranian consortium experience., 2010 [Preprint]
This article reports on the analysis of COUNTER-compliant usage data of Elsevier ScienceDirect journals by an Iranian national consortium, Consiran (58 institutions) for the period of 2004-2009. The aim of the analysis was to develop a license model. The results showed that the use followed the “80/20 rule” or Pareto principle. It was concluded that for a cost-benefit license model, institutions should be grouped into three or four categories based on their subject fields and amount of use. The article also discusses the problem with usage data and highlights the need for implementing a system to locally collect and analyse usage data, rather than relying on the usage data provided by vendors and publishers.
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