October 1, 2018

Kia ora! Haere mai!

Welcome back to the second podcast in the series, SOAP (Scholarly and Open Access Publishing). This series is part of Massey University’s offering leading up to (and likely beyond) Open Access Week (22-28 October 2018) #OAWeek2018

Podcast #2 The Big Deals

“It’s hard to imagine a sweeter business than publishing academic journals…” (Forbes magazine, 1995).

This week we take on two important topics: the Big Deals – subscriptions to bundled journals, and electronic developments in scholarly publishing.

Listen to the Podcast (on Soundcloud)

Alternatively here are the files in shorter segments:

Part 1

Part 2

Stay tuned for the third episode next week on The Scholarly Journal in the Academic Ecosystem!


  • Catherine Woeber, Subject Librarian, Massey University
  • Bruce White, Open Access and Copyright Advisor, Massey University
  • Amanda Curnow, Digital Asset Management Librarian, Massey University


List of references that we read/refer to

Bergstrom, T. (2010). Librarians and the terrible fix: economics of the big deal. Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community, 23(July), 77–82.

Larivière, V., Haustein, S., & Mongeon, P. (2015). The oligopoly of academic publishers in the digital era. PLoS ONE, 10(6), 1–15.

Gagnon, S. (2017). Journal publishers’ Big Deals: Are they worth it? Against the Grain, 29(2), 1–6. Retrieved from

Tenopir, C., & King, D. W. (1997). Trends in Scientific Scholarly Journal Publishing in the United States. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 28(3), 135.

Sjoberg, C. (2017). E-Journals and the Big Deal: A Review of the Literature. SLIS Student Research Journal, 6(3). Retrieved from

King, D. W., & Griffiths, J.-M. (1995). Economic Issues Concerning Electronic Publishing and Distribution of Scholarly Articles. Library Trends, 43(4), 713–740.

Anderson, K. (2012). External forces and their impacts on academic and professional publishing. In Academic and Professional Publishing (pp. 441–456). Elsevier.


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