French academic consortium for higher education and research and Elsevier sign new national license agreement -

Couperin, the French academic consortium for higher education and research, and Elsevier, a global information analytics business specialising in science and health, have signed a new national license agreement.

This four-year agreement (2019-2022) will provide researchers at universities and research institutions across France with equal access to Elsevier’s high-quality content provided through the ScienceDirect platform and enables both subscription and open access publishing options for researchers in France.

In addition, Couperin and Elsevier will work together to contribute to the French government’s open science objectives by supporting the development of Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL) national repository. HAL is a government-backed open archive where French authors can deposit scholarly documents from all academic fields. HAL provides access to French research outputs which are published Open Access and those which become freely accessible after an embargo period.

Elsevier and the French research community have a long history of cooperation with roots in French science and medical publisher Masson, founded in 1804. Today, French researchers publish around 30 percent of their output in Elsevier journals and 70 French learned societies maintain long-term partnerships with Elsevier.

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