The digital archival collections group purchasing scheme helps UK higher education (HE) libraries to purchase digital collections from publishers by making them more affordable. By digital archival collections, we mean static databases of texts, images, audio-visual material and data which libraries typically buy as one-off purchases (current subscriptions to journals and book collections are out of scope).
Group purchasing is a community-centred scheme based on the simple market principle: the more products that are purchased, the lower the price. So, the more products bought per publisher by any institution over the course of an academic year, the lower the price for those participating, based on pre-set discount triggers.
Benefits of the scheme
Substantial savings - members have saved over £0.6m to date
Members of the scheme collectively help each other drive down the cost by leveraging the power of group purchasing
A more efficient, coordinated and transparent approach to the acquisition of digital archival collections
All titles are a one-off purchase with no recurrent platform/hosting fee
Automatic minimum 20% discount on all products offered through the scheme
No need to negotiate prices – the fees have been Jisc banded to allow all HE, and optional academic-related affiliate, members to participate
Jisc model licence provides a consistent and standard approach to procuring and licensing collections from multiple publishers
Who is this scheme for?
The scheme is primarily open to all UK higher education members; and optionally on a publisher-by-publisher basis to academic-related affiliates, as defined in the Jisc banding information.
As of 1 May 2020, HMRC has introduced VAT zero rating for e-books, e-newspapers, e-magazines and academic e-journals. In accordance with these regulations, VAT for digital archival collections offered under the group purchasing scheme will be charged at either zero rate or 20%, depending on the tax status of that collection. As a member, if you log into licence subscriptions manager you can view pricing and VAT status on the pricing spreadsheet for each publisher.