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Another Restriction to Harvard Business Review Access

Online use  of Harvard Business Review articles via the Business Source Premier (EBSCOhost) platform has been restricted to private individual use for several years.  The license explicitly excludes use of HBR articles for courses.  All permissions for assigning HBR articles for courses must be sought via Harvard Business Publishing on a case by case or institutional basis.

Harvard Business Publishing will implement additional restrictions on access beginning August 1, 2013.  A “read only” restriction will be placed on the  500 most used Harvard Business Review articles online.  This means that on the Business Source Premier(EBSCOhost) database printing, downloading and perma-linking select articles will be  disabled.  The full text of these articles will still be available for reading online.

Harvard Business Publishing does offer an addendum allowing for course related uses and lifting the read-only restriction, however the quoted price for one year is an additional  20 thousand dollars.  This asking price is unprecedented.  While business database prices are often negotiated around  full time equivalent (FTE) and vary considerably, at Falvey we pay less than this for annual access to each of the following business resources: Audit Analytics, EconLit with Full Text, IBISWorld, Mintel, MergentOnline, Morningstar, NetAdvantage (S&P), OECD iLibrary and Valueline. Even STEM journals with prices approaching (but none in our collection exceeding HBP’s asking) come with perpetual access to the subscribed year.  Harvard Business Publishing’s approach to licensing its content undercuts the goals of  libraries, the dissemination of research and the advancement of knowledge.

As the need for digital but not necessarily online access to Harvard Business Review articles arises, the library will fulfill requests from our print and microfilm collections.  Hopefully this arrangement will meet your needs.





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Last Modified: August 2, 2013

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