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Dutch universities and Elsevier extend current license agreement by six months
- 14 Dec 2018

Agreements about subscription fees for academic journals are made with academic publishers on behalf of all Dutch universities. The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) is currently negotiating with these publishers on the universities' behalf. The universities are only willing to renew the subscription agreements on the provision that publishers accept 100% open access. During the next six months the VSNU and Elsevier will continue their negotiations in the joint hope that a future-proof contract will be concluded. The VSNU will report any new developments as soon as they arise.

The VSNU and information analytics business Elsevier are to extend their current agreement by six months. These six months will be used to continue discussions. The VSNU continues to strive to secure commitment to 100% open access by 2020, as set out in the National Open Science Plan.

During the meetings which took place over the past months between VSNU and Elsevier, topics discussed have included open science, how a new licensing agreement contributes to an aspired future open science infrastructure for the Netherlands, and the implications of Plan S. Extending the current agreement by six months will enable the continuation of these discussions.

The current agreement with Elsevier is set to expire on December 31, 2018. During the six-month extension, access will continue under existing terms. Elsevier and VSNU will also continue their gold OA pilot, broadening this to include additional open access journals.

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EUROfusion accepts AIP Publishing's standard license to publish
- 04 Dec 2018

AIP Publishing has announced that authors whose work was carried out within the framework of the EUROfusion Consortium will now be able to accept AIP Publishing's standard license to publish.

Previously, EUROfusion required authors who belong to research institutes and universities that are members of EUROfusion, or who receive funding via the consortium, to submit a separate signed addendum in order to publish their research. Now, authors can simply accept AIP Publishing's progressive license to publish agreement during submission.

Authors will be alerted to the new option during the submission process and will no longer be required to supply additional licensing forms. This will streamline and accelerate the publishing process for researchers who are subject to the intellectual property requirements of participating EUROfusion organisations.

AIP Publishing encourages funding institutions to periodically review their license to publish and their own requirements for addenda in an effort to simplify and improve the publishing experience for researchers.

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CRKN Board of Directors reject proposal to charge Francophone and bilingual CRKN member institutions a significantly higher price than Anglophone institutions for a full collection
- 19 Jul 2018

Under the direction of its Content Strategy Committee (CSC) and with approval from its Board of Directors, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) will not be renewing its national license with Cairn, an aggregator of Francophone publications in the social sciences and humanities. This decision comes after Cairn indicated it would not remove its language-based pricing policy where Francophone and bilingual CRKN member institutions are charged a significantly higher price for the full collection than Anglophone institutions. As a national partnership of Canadian universities that include French-language, English-language, and bilingual institutions, CRKN members are not willing to endorse a proposal with differential pricing based on language.

In its last license renewal negotiations with Cairn in 2014, CRKN was not successful in its attempt to come to an equitable pricing model for all CRKN member institutions, regardless of language. Recognising the high-value of the French-language content that Cairn provides to CRKN members, CRKN agreed to a one-year extension in 2017 with the goal of resolving this impasse through negotiating a multi-year agreement. CRKN brought the issue to its Annual General Meeting in 2017 where members agreed that Cairn's language-based pricing was contrary to the shared values of creating fair pricing, regardless of language.

In discussions with Cairn, it was indicated that they would not consider changing the current pricing model for their full package. In consulting with the Francophone CRKN member institutions that are most impacted by Cairn's language-based pricing, CRKN requested guidance from the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) whose library directors' committee unanimously supported a principled stand against language-based pricing. In response to this, Cairn proposed a title-by-title selection option for a subset of the titles currently available in the full collection with pricing based on CRKN's banding system. The details of that proposal were reviewed and discussed by the CSC, however the committee members felt that this did not adequately address the issue of differential, language-based pricing, and therefore, was not acceptable.

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Elsevier and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research sign national license agreement to provide Russian-based researchers access to ScienceDirect
- 17 Jul 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) have signed a national license agreement for research and educational organisations in the Russian Federation. This collaboration will provide Russian-based researchers with scientific information to support basic and applied research.

The new agreement provides coverage for nearly the entire Russian research community - allowing access to the world's research information, resulting in better research performance. For over 10 years, RFBR has supported research and educational organisations in Russia by providing access to high-quality Elsevier journals.

ScienceDirect is Elsevier's leading information solution for researchers and peer-reviewed scholarly literature, containing more than 15 million publications from over 2,500 Elsevier journals and prestigious society journals. The current subscription also includes access to 5,000 Elsevier books to support multidisciplinary research in 24 subject fields.

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Wiley announces new license agreement with Brazil to provide unlimited access to the Cochrane Library
- 07 Feb 2018

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has announced a new license agreement with the country of Brazil providing unlimited access to the Cochrane Library. From academics to clinicians to patients, the two-year agreement provides one-click access to 7,000 published systematic reviews in healthcare interventions to more than 207 million Brazilians.

The access was possible due to the contract signed by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES in Portuguese) and Wiley. CAPES offers a tool for accessing and sharing scientific information called the Portal de Periódicos - a virtual library where the Cochrane Library is available.

Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, careers, and people interested in health. The organisation gathers and summarises the best evidence from research to help make informed choices about treatment. More than 37,000 Cochrane contributors from over 130 countries work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. There are 52 review groups covering a variety of health topics from Infectious Disease to Oral Health to Pregnancy and Childbirth.

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