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Elsevier suspends University of California's access to new articles
- 15 Jul 2019

The University of California recently lost access to new articles in the publishing giant Elsevier's journals.

This is reportedly the latest development in the ongoing negotiations between Elsevier and the University of California (UC) for a new licensing agreement. UC's previous contract with the publisher lapsed at the end of 2018. The university has since then been urging for a deal that combines payments for accessing journals and publishing open-access articles into one fee.

Earlier in February, after eight months of negotiations without a deal, UC terminated its subscriptions with Elsevier. Until this week, the publisher had been providing UC with continued access to its journals. However, UC is no longer able to access papers published since the beginning of 2019. Access has also been restricted for some older articles in select journals.

According to Jessica Nusbaum, the director of communications and marketing at UC Davis Library, UC's prior contracts provided permanent access to the vast majority of pre-2019 content.

According to Gemma Hersh, Elsevier's senior vice president of Global Research Solutions, UC's decision to cancel subscriptions will impact 350,000 researchers and students who will no longer have convenient access to much of the world's best scientific literature.

In a recently released statement, UC's Academic Council encouraged those at the university who might require access to Elsevier's content to use alternative access methods, such as online repositories where authors deposit free-to-read copies of their papers, and to 'refrain from any new independent subscriptions to Elsevier journals.'

Over the last few months, Elsevier has established nationwide licensing agreements in Norway and Poland, and is close to making such a deal in Hungary. However, it remains in a stalemate in negotiations with consortia of libraries and research institutions in Germany and Sweden. Those groups have also cancelled their subscriptions with the publisher.

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Elsevier and the Polish consortium announce national license agreement to boost access to high quality research
- 03 Jun 2019

The Polish consortium for higher education and Elsevier, the information analytics business, have agreed on a national license agreement for access to critical academic research, while advancing Poland's open access objectives. The new three-year national license is based on a thorough analysis of the Polish requirements for access to research, the country's publishing choices and its focus on research quality. It provides over 500 universities and research institutions across the country with access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature, as well as SciVal, the research performance tool, and Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

The Polish research community will have access to the highest-quality research published in Elsevier journals and titles by its society partners. As part of the agreement, Elsevier will also help the Polish consortium, led by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM), University of Warsaw (UW), to support Open Access publishing.

Access to Scopus and SciVal will support Polish research in benchmarking its performance against more than 10,700 research institutions and their associated researchers from across the world, supporting the quality of Polish academic programs.

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Library Consortium for Saxony renews De Gruyter e-book license
- 07 Jan 2019

The Konsortium Sachsen (Library Consortium for the German Land of Saxony), which groups the libraries of universities, colleges and professional academies, has renewed its agreement with academic publisher De Gruyter using the evidence-based selection (EBS) model for e-books for 2019 and 2020.

The agreement, which allows for access to all e-book content from De Gruyter, its imprints, as well as to the titles of most Publishing Partners, has been expanded to include a key open access component.

Part of the licensing fees can be used by the consortium to transform e-book titles to open access. This means that monographs can be made permanently open access beyond December 31, 2020 at the end of the agreement.

Furthermore, consortium members can permanently include licensed e-book titles in their collections.

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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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