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Sweden stands up for open access – cancels agreement with Elsevier

Large science publisher Elsevier does not meet the requirements of Swedish universities and research institutes. The agreement was cancelled 30th of June.

This means that employees and students at Lund University do not have access to journal articles published by Elsevier after June 30, 2018. However, one can still read Elsevier articles published between 1995 and 30 June 2018. LU researchers can continue to publish articles and work editorial in Elsevier's journals.

"In order to take steps towards the goal of immediate open access by 2026 set by the Swedish Government, the Bibsam Consortium has after 20 years decided not to renew the agreement with the scientific publisher Elsevier. To be able to make the necessary transition from a subscription-based to an open access publishing system the Bibsam Consortium requires:

  • Immediate open access to all articles published in Elsevier journals by researchers affiliated to participating organisations
  • Reading access for participating organisations to all articles in Elsevier’s 1,900 journals
  • A sustainable price model that enables a transition to open access

The agreement will be cancelled 30th of June. Elsevier has not been able to present a model that meets the demands of the Bibsam Consortium and the current agreement will not be renewed after 30th of June."

Read the whole press release from National Library of Sweden

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Affected Elsevier journals

Elsevier journals with most downloads from Lund University 2017 (Top-20)

  1. Journal of Cleaner Production
  2. The Lancet
  3. Cell
  4. Energy Policy
  5. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
  6. Ecological Economics
  7. Journal of Business Research
  8. Combustion and Flame
  9. Research Policy
  10. World Development
  11. Science of The Total Environment
  12. Social Science & Medicine
  13. Neuron
  14. Water Research
  15. Applied Energy
  16. Bioresource Technology
  17. Cell Stem Cell
  18. Computers in Human Behavior
  19. Immunity
  20. Current Biology

Elsevier journals with most LU-affiliated articles 2017 (Top-10)

  1. Energy Procedia
  2. Journal of Cleaner Production
  3. Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
  4. European Urology
  5. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  6. The Lancet
  7. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
  8. Resuscitation
  9. Cell Reports
  10. Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association

Please contact your faculty library or Lund University Library at: publicera [at] lub [dot] lu [dot] se for further information.

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