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February 2016 Update

Negotiations for 2016 subscriptions to Wiley journals did not go well. See below for negotiation history for Wiley journal subscriptions for 2015.

For 2016, the Chancellor's Office and Wiley agreed to 400 journal titles commonly used by all 23 CSUs. However the cost for this smaller package (one-third the size of the 2014 package) was about 75% greater to the Sacramento State University Library. Our Dean and Director, Amy Kautzman, along with most others on the CSU Council of Library Directors did not agree to the offer.

We subscribe directly to 15 individual Wiley journals, core titles for some disciplines. These Sac State subscriptions are not purchased through a Chancellor's Office negotiation.

List of 15 titles available in 2016, plus additional "comes with" titles and Open Access Wiley journals.


CSU Academic Senate Resolution: Opposition to John Wiley & Sons

Report on Academic Senate CSU Plenary and Committee Meetings

March 17-20, 2015

Submitted by Catherine Nelson and Deborah Roberts


Resolutions Passed

AS-3202-15/FGA (Rev) Opposition to John Wiley and Sons Requiring the CSU to Purchase Access to Unwanted Journals in its Bundling of Online Journals (Second Reading): 


This resolution is designed to put pressure on Wiley (and other publishers) who bundle journal content.  It endorses the decision by the libraries of the CSU to discontinue the systemwide arrangement to purchase online journal access from Wiley and holds that bundling will force CSU libraries to purchase unwanted journal content, resulting in significantly higher costs to the libraries.  The resolution urges that until a systemwide agreement with Wiley is reached, faculty, where appropriate, avoid using Wiley textbooks and other educational materials in their classes. 


Message from Janet Hecsh, Administrator in Charge

Memo to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, February 2, 2015:

As you may know, there are regular negotiations between the CSU and large periodical publishers, eg., Wiley. Over the past decade or so, there has been an entrenchment of what is referred to as “The Big Deal,” where the large publishers (Wiley. Elsevier, Springer) negotiate huge package deals with libraries or—more frequently—library consortia.  These package deals typically contain access to full text of hundreds or sometimes even thousands of journal titles, so even though the cost for the package is high, the cost per journal, per campus is relatively low. Recently, as libraries  have reviewed usage statistics, it seems that value for the package is not what we  thought it was. We can see that 80% of the use of the bundles comes from 20% of the journals.  Publishers prefer the “big deal” model and want to retain it, but libraries are skeptical that we are getting our money’s worth.  Despite this, the big deals continue with rare exceptions.

The most recent “big deal” negotiations between the CSU and Wiley on a large journal package contract have ended. Please see for important news on the CSU contract.

As a result each of the 23 CSU campuses (Sac State included) needed to determine whether to negotiate individually with Wiley or to identify other ways to deal with the loss of content—the loss of slightly more than 1000 journal subscriptions.  Joining half of our sister campuses, CSUS Library has decided not to initiate any new individual subscriptions to Wiley.  None of this will affect our access to our Wiley journal digital archive as we continue to have “perpetual access” to the backfiles of these journals.  Also, many Wiley journals are included in some of our aggregator databases, such as EBSCO Academic Search Premier.  Content in these databases typically has an embargo period of one year.

All of this may be viewed in the context of the University Library’s access to the total number of journal titles—approximately 50,000.  In contrast, we have access to approximately 1000 Wiley journals for which we will lose 2015 access (but not backfile access) effective immediately.  We continue to subscribe to 10 individual Wiley titles that were not included in the consortial deal package.

We plan to minimize the effect on campus scholarship through alternative strategies including consideration of another online document delivery service and our own Interlibrary Loan (ILL) processes.  We will send additional notification to the campus later this month.  We remain hopeful that the CSU’s impasse with Wiley will be temporary and an agreement acceptable to all parties may be reached for 2016.

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