Oxford Journals


The Oxford Journal package includes journals that cover disciplines from the social sciences and arts to the natural sciences and medicine, making it a treasure-trove of valuable interdisciplinary resources for our faculty and students. This package grants USF Libraries access to content published from 1996 to present for most journals included in the package subscriptions. When the Libraries purchase access to Oxford Journals, we “subscribe” to specific titles. Oxford University Press then in turn grants USF Libraries access to over 150 additional “access-only” titles as part of our “Big Deal” package. This means that if we cancel the entire package, we would lose all access to the “access-only” titles, maintaining perpetual access only to the smaller set of specifically subscribed titles.

The term “perpetual access” means that ”USF Libraries acquired the right to permanently provide access to the electronic resource.  The title will never be withdrawn” from the Libraries’ catalog and access to that material will not be cancelled for the materials acquired during the subscription period.

– See Glossary of Textbook Affordability Terms, USF Textbook Affordability Project

To date, USF Libraries have not purchased Oxford journal backfiles.


The University of South Florida has been subscribing to the Oxford Journals package as part of a statewide deal since 2000. USF has perpetual access to the subscribed titles, but over time, some titles have been bought from or sold to other publishers, thus changing the composition of our subscription base. As journal ownership changes hands among various publishers, existing perpetual access agreements are not universally honored, and some titles may lapse absent aggressive tracking and legal enforcement efforts that are beyond the capacity of academic libraries.

Package Breakdown

CategoryCategory Data
Cost (2020)$68,759
Projected Cost (2021)$72,884 (+6%)
Titles Owned97
Titles Leased261
Total Usage (2019)66,417
Average Use Per Title186
Titles with 100+ Uses146
Average List Price Per Title$913
Average Cost to Purchase Individual Articles $35

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