- Two years after the University of California let its subscription lapse with Elsevier, the system announced it with the academic publishing giant to help its researchers publish open-access articles in the company’s scholarly journals.
- The four-year deal will make all UC open access by default, meaning the research won’t be locked behind a paywall. It will also restore student and reading access to Elsevier journals.
- The deal is movement spearheaded by UC and other universities worldwide to make scientific articles freely available and reduce spending on expensive subscriptions with publishers.
UC cut ties with Elsevier in early 2019 after negotiations to get the publisher to reduceand offer its authors open-access publishing broke down. At the time, the system said it walked away from an open-access deal that would have increased how much it paid .
Under the new deal, UC expects to pay Elsevier about— about the same amount it paid the publisher in 2018, a system negotiation team member said in a Q-and-A posted online. The subscription price will increase by 2.6% each year, according to between the system and the publisher.
UC says the agreement is the largest inbut isn’t the only open-access publishing deal the system has recently struck. It has eight other such agreements with companies, , another publishing heavyweight.
Momentum is building behind, especially outside of the U.S. A coalition of 900 German institutions recently with Springer Nature to publish their articles in an open-access format without being charged.
The coalition ended its subscription with Elsevier in 2017 but has informal discussions with the company,. However, the publisher did reach an open-access and in Pennsylvania.
Some U.S. universities are taking a hard line during negotiations with Elsevier. Last year, the State University of New Yorkwith the publisher in favor of access to a smaller set of academic journals. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a few days later.