Sweden cancels Elsevier contract as open-access dispute spreads

Posted in Research on May 18th, 2018 by steve

“Swedish universities have moved to cancel their contract with journal publisher Elsevier as concern over slow progress towards open access spreads. The Bibsam Consortium, which represents 85 higher education and research institutions in the country, said that its current agreement with Elsevier would not be renewed after 30 June …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 16 May]

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‘Big Deal’ Cancellations Gain Momentum

Posted in Research on May 8th, 2018 by steve

“Florida State University recently announced plans to cancel its ‘big deal’ with Elsevier, but it is far from the first university to do so. In recent years, there has been an uptick in the number of reports of libraries dropping their bundled journal deals with big publishers, which can cost upward of $1 million annually …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 4 May]

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Will other countries follow Germany into battle with Elsevier?

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2018 by steve

“Germany is thought to be saving more than €10 million (£8.7 million) a year in journal subscription fees after calling the bluff of the world’s biggest academic publisher during a negotiation stand-off. Elsevier, long criticised by some academics for what they see as its excessive profits and resistance to open access, is now afraid to cut off German universities’ access to its journals even though their contracts have expired, according to an outspoken negotiator for the German side …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 1 February]

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Elsevier maintains German access despite failure to strike deal

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2018 by steve

“The publishing giant Elsevier has said that it will maintain German universities’ access to its journals, despite failing to negotiate a new deal before many institutions’ contracts expired on 1 January. Germany’s research institutions and Elsevier have been locked in an at times rancorous negotiation for more than a year, as the country’s research organisations for the first time collectively try to strike what they regard as a better deal on open access, pricing and payment models …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 4 January]

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Open access in Germany: the best DEAL is no deal

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 31st, 2017 by steve

“In the worldwide campaign to shift academic publishing to open access, the Germans are fighting a major battle. To many, they look like heroes. ‘Projekt DEAL’ is the name of a German national consortium that includes university libraries and scientific organisations. The consortium has been working towards an agreement with Elsevier that, if the Germans have their way, would make papers by German authors in journals published by Elsevier freely available (open access), at a substantially lower rate than Elsevier is currently charging …” (more)

[Alex Holcombe and Bjoern Brembs, Times Higher Education, 27 December]

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Germany edges towards brink in dispute with Elsevier

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 9th, 2017 by steve

“With less than a month to go until some of Germany’s biggest universities and research institutes sever their contracts with the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier, there is still no sign of a deal to allow continued access to the publisher’s research. The publisher has said that although a deal was still ‘possible’, the two sides are divided over how German institutions should pay …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 6 December]

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German academics step down from posts on Elsevier journals

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2017 by steve

“A group of professors have resigned from editorial positions at Elsevier journals amid the continuing stand-off between German research organisations and the academic publisher. A statement from Projekt Deal lists 14 academics who have resigned their positions as editors and members of editorial and advisory boards at Elsevier journals in support of the ongoing negotiations on access to electronic journals …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 31 October]

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German researchers resign from Elsevier journals in push for nationwide open access

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Five leading German scientists have resigned from their editorial positions at journals published by Elsevier, the latest step in a battle over open-access and subscription policies between the Dutch publishing giant and a consortium of German libraries, universities, and research institutes …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, Science, 13 October]

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Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 5th, 2017 by steve

International“Leading publishers are stepping up their fight against ResearchGate by ordering the academic social network to take down papers that they say infringe copyright. The move could see millions of articles removed from the site, as the publishers say up to 40% of papers on ResearchGate are copyrighted …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 5 October]

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Germany’s strategy for life without Elsevier

Posted in Research on September 10th, 2017 by steve

“German universities have coped ‘easily’ when cut off from Elsevier journals and do not need to rely on pirate article-sharing sites such as Sci-Hub, according to a negotiator from Germany’s biggest network of research centres …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 5 September]

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Emerging controls in Elsevier’s scholarly communications ecology

Posted in Teaching on August 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As I’ve written about Elsevier’s service development strategy in the distant past, I’ve decided to shame myself into making some fresh comment and help kick the tires of a very neglected DarkRepository. Elsevier’s ongoing acquisitions programme turned another chapter on Monday with news that it had acquired bepress, (formerly the Berkeley Electronic Press), an academic software firm …” (more)

[DarkRepository, 4 August]

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Elsevier Acquires bepress

Posted in Research on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

International“Today, Elsevier announces its acquisition of bepress. In a move entirely consistent with its strategy to pivot beyond content licensing to preprints, analytics, workflow, and decision-support, Elsevier is now a major if not the foremost single player in the institutional repository landscape …” (more)

[Roger Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 2 August]

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Elsevier: embrace, extend …

Posted in Research on May 13th, 2017 by steve

“Those of us who are moderately tech-savvy and of a certain age will recall the open source community’s disdainful characterization of Microsoft’s standard modus operandi faced with open standards: embrace, extend, extinguish. This is not Elsevier’s only business strategy to be sure, but it does seem to characterize their current approach to open access …” (more)

[Gavia Libraria, 11 May]

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‘You never said my peer review was confidential’ – scientist challenges publisher

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

International“Are peer-reviewers free to openly share the content of their reviews if journal editors haven’t explicitly told them not to? Jon Tennant, a scientist-turned-outreach specialist, thinks so. Tennant had reviewed a research paper submitted to the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature News, 23 January]

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Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals

Posted in Research on December 24th, 2016 by steve

International“Thousands of scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan are preparing for a new year without online access to journals from the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier. Contract negotiations in both Germany and Taiwan broke down in December, while Peru’s government has cut off funding for a licence …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier and Emiliano Rodríguez Mega, Nature, 23 December]

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Time for Elsexit?

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2016 by steve

UK“This post is principally addressed to academics in the UK, though some of it may apply to people in other countries too. The current deal that the universities have with Elsevier expires at the end of this year …” (more)

[Gowers’s Weblog, 29 November]

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Elsevier Acquires SSRN

Posted in Research on May 18th, 2016 by steve

International“Today, Elsevier is announcing that it has acquired SSRN, the preprint and publishing community that focuses on social sciences and law. I had a chance to speak yesterday with Gregg Gordon, president of SSRN, Jan Reichelt, co-founder of Mendeley, and Tom Reller, a senior Elsevier executive, about the acquisition …” (more)

[Roger Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 17 May]

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Elsevier Acquires Social Science Repository SSRN

Posted in Research on May 17th, 2016 by steve

International“The publishing giant Elsevier has acquired the Social Science Research Network, an online open-access repository for research …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 17 May]

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Researchers Are Pushing Back Against Elsevier’s Open-Access Publishing Fees

Posted in Research on January 26th, 2016 by steve

USA“Imagine you’ve spent the last few years writing a manuscript. You submit it to a publisher, and they make you an offer: They’ll print it, but once it’s published, they own your work. They’ll sell it to people who want to read it, but you won’t see any of the profits …” (more)

[Jane Hu, The Atlantic, 26 January]

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Can’t Disrupt This: Elsevier and the $25.2bn a Year Academic Publishing Business

Posted in Research on January 5th, 2016 by steve

USA“Twenty years ago (December 18, 1995), Forbes predicted academic publisher Elsevier’s relevancy and life in the digital age to be short lived. In an article entitled ‘The internet’s first victim’, journalist John Hayes highlights the technological imperative coming toward the academic publisher’s profit margin …” (more)

[Jason Schmitt, SAS Confidential, 4 January]

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