Peer reviewed articles

Lawson, S. (2017) Access, ethics, and piracy. Insights, 30(1): 25-30. DOI: (video of talk based on this article)

Lawson, S., Gray, J., and Mauri, M. (2016) Opening the black box of scholarly communication funding: A public data infrastructure for financial flows in academic publishing. Open Library of Humanities, 2(1). DOI: (video abstract/presentation) (correction)

Lawson, S. (2015) Article processing charges paid by 25 UK universities in 2014. Journal of Open Humanities Data, 1. DOI:

Lawson, S. (2015) Fee waivers for open access journals. Publications, 3(3). DOI:

Lawson, S., Sanders, K. and Smith, L. (2015) Commodification of the information profession: A critique of higher education under neoliberalism. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 3(1). DOI:

Lawson, S. (2015) ‘Total cost of ownership’ of scholarly communication: managing subscription and APC payments together. Learned Publishing, 28(1). DOI:

Lawson, S. and Meghreblian, B. (2014) Journal subscription expenditure of UK higher education institutions. F1000Research. DOI:



Lawson, S. (2017) Journal subscription expenditure in the UK 2015-16. figshare. DOI:

Lawson, S. (2016) RCUK open access block grant allocation 2013-17. figshare. DOI:

Shamash, K. and Lawson, S. (2016) APC data for 34 UK higher education institutions in 2015. figshare. DOI:

Payne, D., Arkle, S., Gallagher, J., Lawson, S., Richardson, J., Smith, L., and Stephan, K. (2016) Content filtering in UK public libraries. figshare. DOI:

Lawson, S. (2015) APC data for 25 UK higher education institutions – 2014. figshare. DOI:

Lawson, S., Meghreblian, B., and Brook, M. (2015) Journal subscription costs – FOIs to UK universities. figshare. DOI:


Reports and working papers

Lawson, S. (2017) Report on offset agreements: evaluating current Jisc Collections deals. Year 2 – evaluating 2016 deals. Forthcoming – June 2017.

Fyfe, A., Coate, K., Curry, S., Lawson, S., Moxham, N., and Røstvik, C.M. (2017) Untangling Academic Publishing: A history of the relationship between commercial interests, academic prestige and the circulation of research. Forthcoming – May 2017.

Lawson, S. (2016) Report on offset agreements: evaluating current Jisc Collections deals. Year 1 – evaluating 2015 deals. DOI:

Lämmerhirt, D., Gray, J., Lawson, S., and Moore, S. (2016) PASTEUR4OA: Revealing the true costs of Gold OA – Towards a public data infrastructure of scholarly publishing cost. Available at:

Lawson, S. (2014) APC pricing. figshare. DOI:

Tuersley, S. and Lawson, S. (2013) Digitisation Benchmarking Project report. DOI:


Other articles and blog posts

Lawson, S. (2016) Universities should open the black box of journal subscriptions. Research Fortnight, 27 April 2016. [text available here]

Lawson, S. and Gray, J. (2016) It’s time to stand up to greedy academic publishersThe Guardian, 18 April 2016. [note: the title was chosen by the Guardian editors, not us!]

Lawson, S. (2015) Financial transparency and the political influence of commercial publishing. The Winnower, 2:e143435.54519. DOI: (video of presentation)

Lawson, S. (2015) Open access and art books, Collective Investigations [blog post]. 8 July 2015.

Lawson, S. (2015) How offsetting schemes can reduce APC costs, Jisc Scholarly Communications blog. 19 June 2015.

Lawson, S. (2015) Collecting and sharing of APC dataJisc Scholarly Communications blog. 21 May 2015.

Lawson, S. (2015) Editorial: Journal of Radical Librarianship. Journal of Radical Librarianship, 1. Available at:

Lawson, S. and Meghreblian, B. (2014) Freedom of Information requests uncover the lack of transparency in journal subscription costsLSE Impact blog. 15 October 2014.

Lawson, S. (2014) The cost of subscription publishingInformed. 30 September 2014.

Lawson, S. (2014) Opening data about open access, Jisc Scholarly Communications blog. 23 September 2014.

Lawson, S. (2014) Putting theory into practice. UKSG eNews, 323, 13 June 2014. DOI:

Lawson, S. (2013) Culture clash: Elsevier, and copyright, Informed. 9 December 2013.

Lawson, S. (2013) The politics of open access, Informed. 21 October 2013.

Dutta, G., Lawson, S. et al. (2012) UKSG Annual Conference 2012: The diaries of the sponsored students. Insights, 25(2), pp.163-172. DOI:

Lawson, S. (2011) Some lessons for e-books from the music world. CILIP Update, April 2011, p.33. DOI: [pre-print]


MA Dissertation and PhD proposal

Lawson, S. (2015) The politics of open access. PhD proposal. Birkbeck, University of London. DOI:

Lawson, S. (2013) Library publishing services: An investigation into open access publishing in academic libraries. MA. University of Brighton. DOI:

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