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The Bibsam Consortium and Elsevier to sign new transformative agreement -

The Bibsam Consortium is signing a Read & Publish agreement with Elsevier, a global information analytics business specialising in science and health. Under the deal, Swedish researchers will gain access to the publisher's 2000 journals once more. In addition, all Swedish research articles will be published open access.

The previous agreement with Elsevier was terminated in 2018, as Bibsam and Elsevier were unable to reach a solution that met both parties’ requirements for sustainable prices and open access. But after negotiations, a new agreement is now in place that meets Bibsam’s requirements and reflects fair value for both sides.

The key elements of the new agreement include unlimited open access publishing in Elsevier hybrid and fully gold titles, society journals, and fully gold Cell Press and The Lancet titles; a unique pilot centred around open access publishing of 100 articles per year in Cell Press hybrid journals, which covers the entire consortium's publication output in these journals; reading rights to the Science Direct Freedom Collection (approximately 2,000 journals) from 1995, and as an additional option Cell Press (14 journals); and publishing with CC-BY license (or another open license, according to the author's wishes).

The publication output within the agreement is expected to be approximately 3,800 articles per year.

The agreement with Elsevier is the largest agreement in the Bibsam consortium, and accounted for 35 percent of the turnover in 2017. The new agreement includes both reading and publishing, which gives the consortium better control over the total costs. This also means savings at the consortium level. Since the previous agreement was only for reading, article publication charges had to be paid outside the agreement.

The new agreement will run for three years, starting January 1, 2020. The total cost for 2020 will be determined after December 10, when the participating organisations have decided whether they will join. For the sake of transparency, the agreement will be published in the ESAC registry when it has been signed.

Recently, new agreements have also been signed with SAGE and Wiley. This means that the Bibsam Consortium now has signed transformative agreements with the six largest scientific journal publishers; Elsevier, Wiley, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, SAGE and Oxford University Press. The purpose of transformative agreements is to change from paying for subscriptions to paying for open access publishing. This way, the new agreements support Swedish researchers in the transition to an open access publishing system.

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