University of Manchester third highest for academic journal spending

Out of 137 universities, the University of Manchester was found to be the third-highest spending in academic journal subscription expenditure from 2017-2019.

The total figure of the 10 journals selected came to £3,646,072: a figure nearly one million pounds more than Oxford University’s £2,861,331.

CUP, Elsevier, IOP, Nature, OUP, RSC, Sage, Springer, Taylor & Francis & Wiley consisted of the ten academic journals selected in the data.

Out of the ten, the University of Manchester paid Elsevier the highest subscription fee with £1,639,686 paid to the Dutch company.

Only University College London (£4,182,432) & Imperial College London (£3,838,184) were found to have spent more than the University of Manchester from 2017-2019.


Top Five Universities for Academic Journal Spending (2017-2019)

Total Amount Spent





Imperial College London



University of Manchester



University of Cambridge



University of Edinburgh



In comparison, Manchester Metropolitan University only spent £1,243,289: a figure that the University of Manchester came close to tripling with their expenditure. 

In 2014 alone, the University of Manchester was found to be the highest spending university for academic journal expenditure.

A spokesperson for the University of Manchester told MM: “As part of the COLIM group (University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of London, Imperial College London and University of Manchester Libraries), we are one of the top five libraries for journal and other resources (especially for digital collections) – and have been for a number of years.”

Image courtesy of Mike Peel via WikiMedia Commons, with thanks. 

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