Germany: Elsevier Maintains German Access Despite Failure to Strike Deal
From Times Higher Education:
The Dutch publishing giant Elsevier has granted uninterrupted access to its paywalled journals for researchers at around 200 German universities and research institutes that had refused to renew their individual subscriptions at the end of 2017.
The two sides had “constructive conversations well into December”, says Harald Boersma, a spokesman for Elsevier. “We will continue our conversations in the first quarter of 2018 to find an access solution for German researchers in 2018 and a longer-term national agreement,” he says. “Where access agreements ended, we have informed these institutions that we would maintain access to our content while we continue to work with the German Rectors’ Conference [which leads negotiations for the consortium] on a solution and specifically a 1-year extension to existing contracts, covering 2018.”
The same continued access applies to German institutions whose contracts expired at the beginning of 2017. After at least a dozen were cut off at the start of last year, Elsevier restored access about six weeks later even though no deal had been struck.
A spokesman for Elsevier refused to say whether the universities would be charged now or in the future for continued access while negotiations went on.
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