CURL (Consortium of Research Libraries in the British Isles) and SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Librarians) are grateful for the opportunity to comment on and respond to this timely study, commissioned by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research.

CURL and SCONUL welcome the publication of this important and thoroughly-researched report, which is evidence of the European Commission’s recognition of the importance of scientific publication and dissemination for the economic and social development of the European Union member states, together with the Commission’s awareness that the current state of the publications market certainly deserves investigation, and may require some far-reaching adjustments.