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Elsevier Changes: Frequently Asked Questions

Starting in January 2019, FSU Libraries will provide ongoing access to a select group of approximately 150 high demand Elsevier titles. Additional Elsevier content will be available through a variety of document delivery services.

What does this mean to me?

Many Elsevier titles will continue to be available through the ScienceDirect platform. Articles no longer available through the platform can be requested through ILL (interlibrary loan).

In addition, FSU Libraries are introducing a new service to expedite delivery of select articles where there is an immediate research need. This "Expedited Article Service" will be available to Faculty and Graduate students for select articles published in the last 5 years.

2019 Subscribed Title List

Why is this happening?

The Libraries’ materials budget has failed to keep up with inflation (approximately 6% annually) for library materials resulting in the denial of requests for new material and cancellation of existing subscriptions. A large part of the problem stems from very expensive “big deals” – blanket subscriptions with several journal publishers. The most expensive is the Elsevier contract which currently costs FSU $2 million and has a guaranteed annual inflationary increase, which erodes the budget even further.

How much does an Elsevier journal cost, anyway?

The cost of journals varies greatly. Some journals may be free or include open access content. Others can be quite costly. To get an idea of what your favorite journals cost, look them up on the 2019 Subscription price list on Elsevier’s website.

I've heard several European countries are breaking 'Big Deals' with Elsevier in favor of open access and authors' rights. Is FSU cancelling Elsevier journals to support their efforts?

As noted above, the primary reason FSU Libraries are leaving the Elsevier deal is budgetary. 

The FSU Libraries do support the open access movement, which has been attempting to find ways to disseminate research in more affordable ways, through several programs. To learn more about open access publishing options and how they seek to mitigate the problem of high-cost journals, see this blog post, visit the Libraries’ research guide on academic publishing, or contact the experts at our Office of Digital Research and Scholarship.

Who can I contact for more information?

You can contact your departmental Subject Librarian for further assistance.


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