Collection of the data

Publisher costs were first collected during the spring 2016 from Finnish research organizations. The collection was conducted by the Ministry of Education and Culture. This data collection was based on a precedent, in which the Helsinki administrative court ruled on the 7th of August 2015 with its decision 15/0593/5 that Aalto University Foundation has to provide the total costs of individual license contracts with Elsevier. These acquisitions are public based on the law of the publicity of official documents.

For the updated data on 2016 the publisher costs were collected during the spring 2017. The organizations were given a chance to sumbit the acquisitions made through FinELib-consortium straight by the FinELib. All separate contracts were submitted by the organizations themselves.

The research organizations were asked to provide the total costs of individual license contracts with scientific publishers.  

This dataset is compiled of the answers that research organizations provided to the request of publisher cost information.

To construct the compiled dataset the spelling of the answers given by the research organizations was unified and the costs were converted to euros when needed. Following you can find the data variables and information on the changes made to unify the data.

Data variables

Organization type

The type of the research organization that made the acquisition

The organizations that have made the acquisitions have been divided in four groups in the data set: University, University of applied sciences, Research institute, Other

Organization name

The name of the organization that made the acquisition

The organization names are in format: "Organization name (abbreviation, if there is one)". For example: "Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT)"

Publisher/Supplier

The publisher or supplier of the acquired materials.  

The names of the publishers and suppliers were unified in the dataset whenever it was possible to interpret based on the provided answers.

Year

The year of the acquisition on an annual level.  

The data set covers years 2010 – 2016.  

Cost

The total cost of the acquisition in euros.

The costs in the dataset are reported in euros with zero decimals, rounded to nearest integer and without value added tax (VAT 0%). If the cost was provided in currency other than euro, these costs were converted to euros with the annual exchange rates of the European Central Bank.  

Material

The name or names of the acquired materials

The name or names of the materials have been reported in the dataset in the extent the organizations provided them in their answers to the request of information. If more than one name was provided, they were separated in the data set with a semicolon ";".

Resource type

The type or types of the acquired materials

The type or types of the materials have been reported in the dataset in the extent the organizations provided them in their answers to the request of information. If more than one type was provided, they were separated in the data set with a semicolon ";".

The dataset includes seven resource types: Full text materials, Reference resource, eBook package, Reference database, Dictionary, Other electronic service, Other

Way of acquisition

The way of acquisition of materials

The ways of acquisition of the materials have been reported in the data set in the extent the organizations provided them in their answers to the request of information. If more than one type was provided, they were separated in the data set with a semicolon ";".

The dataset includes three resource types: FinELib consortium, AMKIT consortium, Separate contract