January 23, 2022

Norway and Elsevier Agree on Pilot National Licence for Research Access and Publishing

UPDATE April 26, 2019…Media Coverage
Elsevier Strikes its First National Deal with Large Open-Access Element (via Nature)

UPDATE April 22 Elsevier in €9m Norwegian Deal to End Paywalls For Academic Papers (via FT; Subs Only)

End Updates

The following joint statement was released today.

It follows news from mid-March that Unit (Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research) had decided not to renew with Elsevier and had signed a national licensing deal with Wiley.

From a Joint Announcement (April 12, 2019):

The Norwegian consortium for higher education and research organized by Unit and Elsevier today agreed to a pilot national license, providing Norwegian researchers with access to global academic research while making Norwegian research accessible through open access publishing.


The pilot will run for two years, giving seven universities and 39 research institutions across Norway access to Elsevier’s world-leading platform for scientific knowledge with more than 16 million publications from over 2,500 journals published by Elsevier and its society partners. It also enables Norwegian researchers to publish their research Open Access.

The Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research (Unit) and Elsevier will jointly monitor the pilot and capture lessons and data to further refine Elsevier’s open access offerings in line with the needs of the Norwegian research community.

“We are very pleased to have signed this groundbreaking pilot agreement that enables Norwegian researchers to read and publish in the vast majority of Elsevier’s high quality journals,” said Roar Olsen, Director of Unit. “The data harnessed will be invaluable in gaining a deeper understanding of what can be achieved when a publisher and consortium work so closely together.”

Read the Complete Announcement (April 23, 2019)


From March 15, 2019

Wiley and Unit (Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research Partner) Announce Three-Year Open Access and Subscription Agreement

From March 12, 2019

Norwegian Research Institutions Have Decided Not to Renew Their Agreement with Elsevier

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