January 18, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University Announces a Transformative Agreement with Elsevier

UPDATE: University of California Statement on Carnegie Mellon University’s Transformative Open Access Agreement with Elsevier (via UC of Scholarly Communication)


From Carnegie Mellon University:

Carnegie Mellon University, a longtime proponent of open-access research, is championing an international movement to revolutionize academic publishing.

The university recently reached a transformative agreement with the scientific publishing giant Elsevier that prioritizes free and public access to the university’s research.


Under the terms of the agreement, which is the first of its kind between Elsevier and a university in the United States, Carnegie Mellon scholars will have access to all Elsevier academic journals. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, articles with a corresponding CMU author published through Elsevier also will be open access.


Carnegie Mellon’s license with Elsevier ended Dec. 31, 2018, and for the past year the university had engaged in negotiations for a new deal that ensures open access. Access to Elsevier journals remained uninterrupted while discussions were underway.[Clip]

“This transformative deal is an important milestone in the university’s continued support for open access that marks a necessary evolution to support the changing needs of researchers,” said Dean of University Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives Keith Webster. “As the first university to pilot this new model for academic publishing with Elsevier, we aim to prove its viability for other institutions.”

Read the Complete Announcement


CMU/Elsevier Info News and FAQ

See Also: Elsevier Version of News Release

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