May 22, 2022

Read the Letter ARL Sent to Elsevier’s Chairman Asking For Changes to Sharing and Hosting Policy

From the Association of Research Libraries:

In April 2015, Elsevier announced a new sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles, which imposes excessive restrictions on authors and institutions, employs embargo periods that are counter to the requirements established by the Canadian and US governments, and, more fundamentally, impedes the sharing of information by scholars that is so fundamental to the research process.

Shortly after Elsevier announced its new policy, criticism of the policy began to pour in from around the world from members of the research community, research and academic libraries, consortia, and more. The widely shared concerns with the new policy ultimately led to a statement in May requesting that Elsevier rethink this policy. ARL and a significant number of ARL member libraries signed on to that statement.

Because Elsevier has not changed the new policy nor indicated an interest in doing so, ARL president Deborah Jakubs sent a letter to Elsevier chairman Youngsuk Chi late last week on behalf of the ARL Board and ARL member libraries…

Letter Sent by Association of Research Libraries to Elsevier Chairman Youngsuk (September 2015) by LJ's infoDOCKET


About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.