As the Libraries continues to track news related to “big deals,” open access, and the broader scholarly communications landscape, we wanted to share some perspectives on a recent, transformative deal reached between the University of California system and the publisher Elsevier.
As mentioned in UC’s press release, “The agreement is the largest of its kind in North America to date, bringing together UC, which generates nearly 10 percent of all U.S. research output, and Elsevier, which disseminates about 17 percent of journal articles produced by UC faculty. The deal will double the number of articles made available through UC’s transformative open access agreements.”
The four-year deal, which goes into effect today, April 1, 2021, has been met with intense discussion and varying reactions. See, for example, the following:
- “Big Deal for Open Access,” Inside Higher Ed
- “California universities and Elsevier make up, ink big open-access deal,” Science Magazine
- “The Biggest Big Deal,” The Scholarly Kitchen
- “MIT Libraries and Faculty Committee on the Library System on UC-Elsevier Deal,” MIT Libraries
- “Four Concerns about the new UC-Elsevier Deal,” UVA Library
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