University bosses have spent over £2m on journals

UNIVERSITY BOSSES have spent more than £2 million on academic journals, new data can reveal.

From the academic years 2009/10 to 2013/14, library officials have paid out an average of £471,000 a year or just over £2,300,000 in total to just one company, Elsevier.

A university spokesman said: “Access to academic journals is essential for both students and researchers. The figures for expenditure with publisher Elsevier show that total payments for journals have not risen over the last five years.

“Together with other universities, we continue to lobby publishers.”