Agreement with Elsevier
The agreement with Elsevier was cancelled from June 30th 2018 as the publisher were unable to meet the demands of the Bibsam Consortium.
The Steering Committee of the Bibsam Consortium has set up an evaluation group in order to analyse the consequences of the Elsevier cancellation. A separate agreement for 2018–2020 is in place for the databases Compendex, Reaxys and Scopus.
Q&A about the cancellation
The agreement with Elsevier was cancelled from June 30th 2018 as the publisher were unable to meet the demands of the Bibsam Consortium:
- immediate open access to all articles published in Elsevier’s journals by researchers affiliated to one of the consortium’s participating organisations
- reading access to Elsevier’s 1 900 journals for participating organisations
- a sustainable price model which makes a transition to open access possible
- Renegotiations started in the spring of 2016.
- The agreement was renewed on a monthly basis as of January 2017 with a price increase of 3.75 %.
- Negotiations were renewed during the spring of 2017.
- A high-level meeting took place in the autumn of 2017 between Elsevier and representatives from the Swedish Government, the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Rectors’ Conference, and the National Library of Sweden.
- Seeing that negotiations could not be closed at the end of 2017, the Agreement was kept running on a monthly basis during 2018 with a 3.75 % price increase and extended with a total of six months.
- Participating organisations will pay half of their cost for 2017 with an added 3.75 % increase during this six month period.
- The Swedish Rectors’ Conference discussed a choice of approach on the 14th of March 2018.
- A new high-level meeting took place on the 6th of April when Elsevier was informed that the business model which they offered does not meet the demands of the Bibsam Consortium.
- On the 2nd of May, the Agreement was terminated per the 30th of June 2018.
- A press release to the fact was sent out on the 16th of May 2018.
- Another meeting with Elsevier was held on the 18th of May 2018.
- No new meeting scheduled at present 3rd of July 2018.
- A high-level meeting between Elsevier and representatives from the Swedish Government, the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Rectors’ Conference, and the National Library of Sweden was held the 18th of December 2018.
A Memorandum of Understanding with a framework of principles on how renewed negotiations can commence has now been signed by both parties and renegotiations will re-start shortly.
Many articles are freely accessible via parallel publishing in subject or institutional repositories. Read more about alternative access routes to scholarly articles.
Please contact your library for detailed information on which access you are entitled to at your own organisation, as access to articles from previous years varies at different organisations.
There are no demands placed on Swedish researchers to abstain from and/or boycott publishing or taking on editorial positions with Elsevier’s journals. For more information, please contact your library.
In Finland, a large number of researchers chose to support the Finnish consortium FinELibs negotiations with Elsevier through a boycott they called “No deal, no review.”
In Germany, where negotiations with Elsevier stalled, researchers chose to abstain from taking on editorial work for Elsevier’s journals in order to support the German universities’ negotiations with Elsevier.
According to information sent out from Elsevier, a journal editor gets continuous access to the publisher’s journals through the editor’s ”Elsevier Profile” which is available by login to EES/EVISE.
The Norwegian consortium Unit has signed a new “publish and read” agreement for 2019-2020.
The Netherlands has extended their agreement for six months until June 30 2019 while the negotiaions continue.
California and Hungary
A traditional subscription deal for 2016–2020 with reading access and a yearly price increase of 2 %, plus a separate deal for open access.
A traditional subscription deal with a yearly price increase of about 2.25 % (estimated based on the total yearly fee per subscribing institution) together with a 50 % discount on publication fees (APCs) for 1600 journals.
The negotiation team demands 100 % open access together with reading access without a yearly price increase. Since 2016/17 over 200 universities have no agreement and no access to Elsevier’s journals.
Germany’s chief negotiator, Professor Hippler, says: “We see that the transition to open access is too slow, and I am utterly upset and concerned about this.”
Austria, Switzerland, and France
These countries are applying the same strategy as Germany: 100 % open access together with reading access without a yearly price increase.
In 2017 the turnover for Elsevier products within the consortium was €14,005,202 and divided by type of product category as follows:
- Databases: € 1 080 137
- Journals: € 12 559 062
This total sum does not reflect the cost of e-books, reference works etc purchased by Swedish higher education institutions (HEIs) outside of the Bibsam Consortium.
- Databases: € 1 080 137
In 2017 researchers affiliated with Swedish HEIs published around 4000 articles in Elsevier’s journals and the yearly projected increase is calculated at 1 %.