May 23, 2022

University of Florida and Elsevier Announce New Open Access Pilot Agreement

From the Announcement

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) and Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, have agreed to a new pilot program to support open access (OA) publishing at UF.

The agreement will support UF’s open access goals by providing the university’s researchers with incentives to publish OA articles. It also presents the opportunity to better understand researcher behavior and to learn from the resulting data—helping progress OA at UF and beyond. The pilot agreement is an amendment to the existing licensing agreement UF currently has with Elsevier. The new pilot agreement will take effect July 1, 2020.

“I sought a transformative agreement that would benefit UF authors choosing to publish open access articles in Elsevier journals, and Elsevier listened! The agreement provides a discount for corresponding authors publishing open access articles in most Elsevier open access and hybrid journals. It is applied automatically, so UF authors do not have to do any extra work to benefit from it. We are looking forward to working with Elsevier to learn from this pilot project and hope it can be expanded to authors at additional universities in the future,” said Judy Russell, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida.

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