More than hundred and ten libraries have signed an open letter to Taylor & Francis rejecting their new policy of locking content more than 20 years old behind a "moving wall".
This means that academic research which was previously available to universities as part of the Taylor & Francis "big deal" will now have to be purchased as a separate package. As the new 20 year "moving wall" moves each year, the volume and cost of this material will increase.
As the open letter states "diminishing this coverage is opportunistic and potentially profiteering within a sector which is recognised to enjoy substantial profit margins as it greatly monetises the outputs and inputs of publicly-funded research".
A copy of the letter is available here.
If you are a library director and would like to add your name to the letter, please contact Ann Rossiter at firstname.lastname@example.org.