The University of California has been out of contract with Elsevier since January. UC ended negotiations for a new journal subscription contract on February 28, with the support of the systemwide Academic Senate. The publisher continued to allow access to new articles via ScienceDirect for several months; however, UC’s direct access to 2019 Elsevier articles (and older articles in some journals) is now being discontinued. (Note: The process for discontinuing access is complex, so access may vary by journal and/or campus until Elsevier’s rollout of the changes is complete.)
Over the coming months, the UC Libraries will be carefully evaluating the impact of losing access to new articles on ScienceDirect, and will do our best to ensure that members of the UC community have access to the articles they need
What is affected: Members of the UC community no longer have direct access to:
- 2019 articles in all Elsevier journals
- Older articles in certain journals (download the list)
What is not affected: Articles published before 2019 in most Elsevier journals (covering about 95% of historical usage) should continue to be available via ScienceDirect.
Direct to Full Text Open Letter
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
On Wednesday, professors and students across the University of California who tried to read articles published in any of 2,500 scholarly journals since Jan. 1 got an unpleasant surprise: They couldn’t.
Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of journals — from the famous Lancet to the less known Journal of Psychosomatic Research — had cut UC off.
“We are sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to continue to work with the University of California to find a solution,” the Dutch publishing company announced in a statement Wednesday, after telling UC Tuesday evening what it planned to do at midnight.
“For a world-class university system that prides itself on the quality of its research, that cancellation represents a real challenge,” Elsevier’s Senior Vice President Gemma Hersh, a member of the negotiating team, said in a statement.
“With access now turned off, the librarians are now proposing researchers instead use inter-library loans, which could take anywhere from one to four days to provide the article,” said Hersh. “One senior library official has repeatedly pointed to illegal sources of articles, including a Russia-based piracy site.”
The UC libraries are prepared to help them get the materials they need in other legal ways,” said Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian at UC Berkeley and co-chair of the UC system’s publisher negotiations task force. “While it may take a few minutes to a few days longer to get an article via other legal means (including but not limited to interlibrary loan), the libraries have also been putting systems in place over the past several months to expedite urgent article requests when needed.
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UPDATE: Full Text of Statement From Gemma Hersh, Elsevier
As of midnight last night, Elsevier implemented the California Digital Library’s request to end University of California’s systemwide access to the world’s largest collection of scientific and medical literature – ending a mutually-beneficial partnership which has for decades supported UC researchers as they advance science and medicine.