University of California reconciles with major publisher Elsevier to open access all treatises

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University of California announced that it had signed an open access agreement with Elsevier , the world's largest publisher of academic journals. Since 2019, the University of California has completely terminated the subscription contract due to the difference in claims with Elsevier, but this time it is said that both sides have reached an agreement to fill the gap.

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Elsevier publishes a number of academic journals, but the subscription fees are very high, and large customers such as university libraries have begun to terminate their treatise subscription contracts.

A series of universities dislike too high subscription fees and terminate their treatise subscription contracts with Elsevier and others --GIGAZINE

Under such circumstances, the University of California negotiated with Elsevier on the condition that when renewing the contract with Elsevier, 'the previous paywall contract will be abolished and the papers published by researchers at the University of California will be released to the world for free.' In response, Elsevier demanded that 'in addition to the annual subscription fee of about 10 million dollars (about 1.1 billion yen), the author of the paper should also be asked to publish it.' The University of California broke negotiations, saying 'knowledge should not be open to those who can afford it,' and Elsevier missed the largest customer, who is responsible for about 10% of the papers published in the United States. It was.

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

But this time, the University of California has reached a mutually beneficial agreement with Elsevier and announced that it has signed another four-year contract. The University of California, in its own right, has announced that the agreement has made all of the University of California's research papers published in Elsevier's journals open access journals.

Under this contract, the author will continue to be required to pay a publication fee of $ 150 (about 16,000 yen) to $ 9,900 (about 1.08 million yen). However, all publication fees are discounted by 10% to 15%, and the University of California Library will bear up to $ 1,000. If there is a shortfall, the author will be asked if there is a surplus of federal grants, otherwise the library will pay the full amount. The University of California explains that the mechanism is also in line with federal grant policy and represents the university's commitment to 'open publicly funded research to the public.'

by Melinda Young Stuart

Researchers can also refuse to open access when publishing a treatise in Elsevier, and can choose to publish it as paywall content if necessary. The paper is licensed under a Creative Commons License ( CC BY ), and you can choose to ban it for modification or commercial purposes ( CC BY NC ND).

Many universities are working with publishers to transform scholarly publishing, and the University of California has played a leading role. Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, librarian at the University of California, Berkeley and co-chair of the negotiation team, said, 'This deal was a groundbreaking agreement and would not have been possible without the cooperation of Elsevier. Freely disseminating the knowledge of the University of California will create new solutions to the most pressing problems in the world. '

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