It was pointed out that the termination of the contract with the major publisher Elsevier did not have a significant adverse effect on the university.

Elsevier , the world's largest journal publisher, has been accused by various universities and research institutes of 'subscribing to scientific journals is too expensive.' The University of California, which rejected a contract that was too expensive and terminated the contract with Elsevier, reported that 'the negative impact of the termination of the contract with Elsevier was not so great.'

UC's termination of Elsevier contract has had limited negative impact --Daily Bruin

In recent years, universities and research institutes that have been dissatisfied with Elsevier's exclusive system or have difficulty paying too high subscription fees have terminated their contracts with Elsevier. In 2019, the University of California, one of America's prestigious universities, also decided to terminate its subscription with Elsevier in consultation with 10 campuses, libraries and directors.

University of California announces that it has completely terminated its subscription to Elsevier, which publishes scientific papers-GIGAZINE

Behind the University of California's termination of its contract with Elsevier is not only dissatisfaction with overpriced subscription fees, but also a move to publish papers published by researchers at the University of California in open-access journals.

Alan Barreka, a member of the University of California, Los Angeles Library and Academic Communications Committee, said the University of California-led research is publicly funded and needs to be published in open access journals. Claim. 'The University of California, like any other university, is publicly funded through taxes. We are morally obliged to provide our research results to the general public free of charge,' he said. It was.

Even during the contract with Elsevier, the University of California requested that 'the papers published by researchers on the 10 campuses of the University of California be published to the world for free', but Elsevier responded by saying 'The author of the paper He said he asked for 'pay the publishing fee'. 'Knowledge should not be open to those who can afford it,' said Robert May, the University of California's president of the University Council. 'We are fully open to fulfill our mission as a university.' The quest for access is essential. '

Eventually, negotiations between Elsevier and the University of California broke down, and in July 2019 the university lost access to Elsevier's online database, ScienceDirect. However, it is possible to access all Elsevier articles published before 2019, and there is also Elsevier content that can be accessed from an external open access repository. You can also use the interlibrary loan system to access Elsevier materials and obtain content from external libraries.

According to the University of California, Los Angeles Library and Academic Communications Committee, there have been few problem reports or concerns from university faculty and students after the contract with Elsevier was terminated. Virginia Steel of the University of California, Berkeley said, 'I expected to receive a lot of comments, but I received only six emails,' and the use of interlibrary loan is also expected to be 15-20. Pointed out that it increased only by about%. Even if the service of Elsevier becomes inaccessible, it seems that there is not much confusion at the time of writing the article.

In April 2020, the University of California announced that it had signed a two-year contract with the Public Library of Science (PLOS), which publishes open access journals. We have set out a stance of further promoting efforts toward open access of academic papers.

University of California and PLOS agree on OA agreement to benefit young researchers | Editage Insight

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