Roundup: University of California Decides Not to Renew Systemwide Contract with Elsevier
Multiple Items below. We plan to update this post as more material becomes available.
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SCELC, the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, is in the top tier of North American library consortia in licensing revenue, representing 113 member institutions, 223 affiliate institutions, an aggregate student population of approximately 500,000, and more than $200 million in library budgets.
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A group of prominent University of California faculty say they will resign from the editorial boards of scientific journals published by Elsevier until the publishing giant agrees to restart negotiations, which stalled in February and left the 10-campus system without subscriptions to some of the world’s top scholarly journals.
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Op-Ed Published in The Daily Californian: “UC Berkeley Must Promote Open Access Publishing of Faculty Research”
Op-Ed written by Don Moore, Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
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UC’s Relationship with Elsevier
Statement by Gregg Camfield, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Merced
Six Things UVA Researchers Need to Know About the UC System Walking Away from Elsevier
by Brandon Butler, U. of Virginia
University of California’s Break with the Biggest Academic Publisher Could Shake Up Scholarly Publishing For Good (via The Conversation)
by MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship, University of California, Davis
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Added to Media Section and College Press Section: “The Real Cost of Knowledge” (via The Atlantic) and “UC Ends Contract with Largest Scientific Publisher in a Push for Open-Access Research” (via The Daily Californian)
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Added Several Media Reports to Media Section
As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals.
In negotiating with Elsevier, UC aimed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by ensuring that research produced by UC’s 10 campuses — which accounts for nearly 10 percent of all U.S. publishing output — would be immediately available to the world, without cost to the reader. Under Elsevier’s proposed terms, the publisher would have charged UC authors large publishing fees on top of the university’s multi-million dollar subscription, resulting in much greater cost to the university and much higher profits for Elsevier.
“Knowledge should not be accessible only to those who can pay,” said Robert May, chair of UC’s faculty Academic Senate. “The quest for full open access is essential if we are to truly uphold the mission of this university.” The Academic Senate issued a statement today endorsing UC’s position.
Open access publishing, which makes research freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world, fulfills UC’s mission by transmitting knowledge more broadly and facilitating new discoveries that build on the university’s research and scholarly work. This follows UC’s faculty-driven principles on scholarly communication.
“I fully support our faculty, staff and students in breaking down paywalls that hinder the sharing of groundbreaking research,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “This issue does not just impact UC, but also countless scholars, researchers and scientists across the globe — and we stand with them in their push for full, unfettered access.”
Elsevier is the largest scholarly publisher in the world, disseminating about 18 percent of journal articles produced by UC faculty. The transformative model that UC faculty and libraries are championing would make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish in an open access environment.
“Make no mistake: The prices of scientific journals now are so high that not a single university in the U.S. — not the University of California, not Harvard, no institution — can afford to subscribe to them all,” said Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian and economics professor at UC Berkeley, and co-chair of UC’s negotiation team. “Publishing our scholarship behind a paywall deprives people of the access to and benefits of publicly funded research. That is terrible for society.”
Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s reasonable contract terms, which would integrate subscription charges and open access publishing fees, making open access the default for any article by a UC scholar and stabilizing journal costs for the university.
“The university’s, and the world’s, move toward open access has been a long time in the making. Many institutions and countries agree that the current system is both financially unsustainable and ill-suited to the needs of today’s global research enterprise,” said Ivy Anderson, associate executive director of UC’s California Digital Library and co-chair of UC’s negotiation team. “Open access will spur faster and better research — and greater global equity of access to new knowledge.”
See Also: Direct to Complete Statement from University of California Senate (3 pages; PDF)
FROM: Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Barbara Spackman, Chair, Academic Senate – Berkeley Division
Jeff MacKie-Mason, University Librarian and Professor
RE: Outcome of UC Negotiations with Elsevier
Thursday, February 28, 2019
While we did make progress, particularly in the past few weeks, toward defining a model for open access publishing of UC research, Elsevier was ultimately unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research, as stated in UC’s faculty-driven principles on scholarly communication, while integrating open access publishing fees and subscription fees into a single cost-controlled contract.
While we do not know exactly when, Elsevier is expected to begin limiting UC’s access to new articles through its online platform, ScienceDirect, possibly very soon. This will mean some changes to how UC scholars access certain Elsevier journal articles.
What content will — and won’t — be affected
• What is affected: At some point, Elsevier may begin to turn off UC’s direct access to articles with a 2019 publish date and the backfiles of certain journals (download list). However, open access versions of many of these articles are available. Visit Alternative access to Elsevier articles on the Library’s website for advice on where and how to look. You can also submit a request, and the Library can help you get a copy of the final, published version of an article.
• Most Elsevier articles published in 2018 or earlier will still be accessible via ScienceDirect. Because UC’s prior contracts included permanent access to previously published content, you will still be able to get immediate access to the full text of most articles via Elsevier’s ScienceDirect backfiles, just as you have in the past.
• Open access articles in Elsevier journals are also unaffected. Many authors choose to pay an open access fee (called an article processing charge, or APC) when they publish, so it’s always worth checking to see if the article you’re seeking is available open access from the journal’s website or elsewhere online. Learn more about how to search for open access versions.
• Elsevier e-books and other products licensed by UC (e.g., Compendex, Reaxys) or by UC Berkeley (e.g., Scopus, Mendeley, Embase) are covered under separate contracts and remain available as before.
Direct to Complete Memo (via UC Berkeley Library)
Announcements From More UC Schools (2/28/2019)
- UC Davis Library ||| Presidents Office (UC Davis)
- UCLA Library
- UC Merced
- UC San Francisco Library
- UC Santa Barbara Library
- UC Santa Cruz Library ||| UC Santa Cruz
The Real Cost of Knowledge (via The Atlantic)
Added March 4, 2019
Media Coverage–College Press
University of California / Elsevier Negotiations: Announcements and Coverage
Direct links to news reports (Dec 2018-Feb. 2019). Approx. 20 entries.
Statement from Elsevier (2/28/2019)
Elsevier has first and foremost the interests of researchers and students at heart. More than 85 percent of UC researchers choose to publish for free, and when they want to publish for a fee, we provide various options for them to do so. We also think the University of California is mistaken in its characterization of Elsevier’s stance. During the negotiations for a contract covering academic publishing and access to academic literature, we have put forward a unique model that supports CDL’s multi-payer open access request. It provides a clear path allowing every researcher to choose to publish for free or open access and provides a scaled path to reduce the costs for each campus library. The proposal also provides every UC student and researcher with access to all journal articles published by Elsevier –articles they download nearly 1 million times every month. It is disappointing that the California Digital Library (CDL) has broken off negotiations unilaterally, but we hope we can bridge this divide with them soon.
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