May 19, 2022

France: Elsevier and Couperin Sign Four-Year National Licensing Agreement

From Elsevier:

Couperin, the French academic consortium for higher education and research and Elsevier have signed a new national license agreement

This four-year agreement (2019-2022) will provide researchers at universities and research institutions across France with equal access to Elsevier’s high-quality content provided through the ScienceDirect platform and enables both subscription and open access publishing options for researchers in France.

In addition, Couperin and Elsevier will work together to contribute to the French government’s open science objectives by supporting the development of Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL) national repository. HAL is a government-backed open archive where French authors can deposit scholarly documents from all academic fields. HAL provides access to French research outputs which are published Open Access and those which become freely accessible after an embargo period.

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to Agreement Announcement From Couperin (in French) ||| English Translation (Google Translate)

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