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Springer India abused its dominance in academic journal market

 |  July 5, 2012

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has fined Springer India for abuse of dominance in the market for academic journals. CCI investigated the publisher following a complaint filed by Prints Media alleging unfair practices. The probe uncovered an agreement between Springer India and India Academy of Sciences, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, Operational Research Society of India, the Department of Psychology at the University of Delhi, Indian Statistical Institute, Association of Food Scientist and Technologist, and IGCAR Kalpakkam.

CCI found that Springer’s dominance came about not through market share, but through the 47 journals deemed “must-have” titles for researches to which Springer had rights. Springer was found to have imposed unfair prices and conditions. It also banned experts for writing for other publications.

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