May 27, 2022

University of California in Negotiations with Publisher Elsevier for Open Access to Journal Articles; Contract Cost UC $10.5 Million in 2018

From The Daily Bruin/UCLA:

The UC’s contract with Elsevier, the owner of over 2,500 journals including Cell and The Lancet, ended on Dec. 31. The UC aims to lower subscription costs and make all of its research available for free to the public in the ongoing contract negotiations.

The contract cost the UC more than $10.5 million in 2018. This is a significant portion of the UC’s approximately $40 million yearly budget for journal subscriptions, according to an email statement from Ivy Anderson, the co-chair of the UC’s Publisher Negotiation Task Force.

UC researchers additionally pay approximately $1 million per year through grants to publish in the subset of Elsevier journals that are open-access, she said. Open-access journals make articles available to the public for free, and instead charge fees to the authors to publish their research.

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Note: infoDOCKET Has Posted Many Reports About UC/Elsevier Negotiations Since Early December 2018. Links to all of these items can be found here.

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