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Unsub (formerly Unpaywall) helps academics assess subscription usage

MCLS is developing a group purchase for Unsub (formerly Unpaywall). Named the “Most Impactful New Product” at the 2019 Charleston Conference, the Unsub tool helps academic and special libraries assess their journal subscription usage in light of open access. It examines open access journal data, institutional COUNTER data, and citation patterns to create a forecast of the impact of subscription decisions on library costs and article fulfillment.

In her recent The Scholarly Kitchen article, “Taking a Big Bite Out of the Big Deal,” Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe describes Unsub as, “the game-changing data analysis service that is helping librarians forecast, explore, and optimize their alternatives to the Big Deal.” Ten subscribing libraries are needed for discounted pricing. To learn more about Unsub, request a demo, or pricing, contact us at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401.