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Elsevier Changes: Related News and Articles

Below are links to recent articles about FSU's Elsevier project and background information about library "Big Deal" packages.

 

Another 'Big Deal' Bites the Dust

Inside Higher Ed
Lindsay McKenzie
May 24, 2019

Summary: Citing unsustainable price increases, leaders at Louisiana State University have decided to walk away from their comprehensive subscription deal with Elsevier. LSU will terminate its “big deal” with publisher Elsevier at the end of this year, joining the growing list of U.S. institutions that have recently decided not to renew their bundled journal subscription deals with the publisher.

Sparc* Landscape Analysis (PDF download link)

SPARC*
SPARC
March 28, 2019

Summary: The goal of this document is to describe the current landscape of publishers moving into core activities of universities. Actively formulating and implementing solutions to these problems is complex but critically important, and something SPARC intends to work closely with the community on. However, we think it is worthwhile to conclude this document with a recap of some of the options for action currently available to the academic community.

Elsevier’s Presence on Campuses Spans More Than Journals. That Has Some Scholars Worried.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Lindsay Ellis
April 03, 2019

Summary: Elsevier’s products beyond the electronic journals. On a recent panel on challenges to the future of teaching and research, Colleen Lyon outlineds what was, to her, a "dangerous" dynamic in the world of academic publishing.

A Turning Point for Scholarly Publishing

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Lindsay Ellis
February 18, 2019

Summary: Update: On February 28, 2019, the University of California system canceled its contract with Elsevier. Debate over the future of scholarly publishing felt remote to Kathryn M. Jones, an associate professor of biology at Florida State University — that is, until she attended a Faculty Senate meeting last year. There she learned that the library might renegotiate its $2-million subscription with the publishing behemoth Elsevier, which would limit her and her colleagues’ access to groundbreaking research.

Norwegian research institutions have decided not to renew their agreement with Elsevier

UNIT Press Release (Pressemelding)
UNIT – Directorate for ICT and Joint services in higher education and research
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Summary: The offer from Elsevier is a long way from fulfilling the Norwegian requirements for open access to research articles. There is also no movement in transitioning the agreement from paying to read to paying for open publishing. The agreement with Elsevier will therefore not be renewed for 2019. The rectorates at the universities of Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim all support this decision.

UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research

UC Office of the President
Press Room: The Regents of the University of California
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Summary: As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals.

U. of California System Cancels Elsevier Subscriptions, Calling Move a Win for Open Access

By Lindsay Ellis
Chronicle of Higher Education
February 18, 2019

Summary: Last updated (2/28/2019, 8:57 p.m.) with word of a web page with information on access to Elsevier articles. The University of California system is calling it quits with Elsevier, one of the biggest academic publishers in the world, after months of contract negotiations.

Editorial Mutiny at Elsevier Journal

Lindsay McKenzie
Inside Higher Ed
January 14, 2019

Summary: The entire editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics resigned in protest over high open-access fees, restricted access to citation data and commercial control of scholarly work. The same team is launching a new fully open-access journal called Quantitative Science Studies.

Potential Changes to UC's Relationship with Elsevier in January 2019

MacKenzie Smith
UC Davis University Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship
Nov 28, 2018

Summary: Open letter from MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship at UC Davis Library to the UC Davis Academic Community. The letter describes the status of current negotiations between the University and Elsevier and gives a brief overview of expected changes.

SPARC Big Deal Cancellation Tracking

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
Popular Resources

Summary: Libraries have found a growing chunk of their budgets allocated to servicing these big deals, as well as their ability to curate resources and build collections most appropriate for their communities severely hampered.

Much like the millions of consumers who have chosen to "Cut the cord", a growing number of libraries are electing to critically appraise these big deals by assessing their collections, the value for money they are receiving from these packages, and how they might more strategically spend their finite collections resources.

Is It Such a Big Deal? On the Cost of Journal Use in the Digital Era

Fei Shu, Philippe Mongeon, Stefanie Haustein, Kyle Siler, Juan Pablo Alperin, Vincent Larivière
College & Research Libraries (Vol 79, No 6, 2018)

Summary: Using data on library subscriptions and references made for a sample of North American universities, this study provides evidence that, while big deal bundles do decrease the mean price per subscribed journal, academic libraries receive less value for their investment.

We find that university researchers cite only a fraction of journals purchased by their libraries, that this fraction is decreasing, and that the cost per cited journal has increased.

Florida State Cancels Bundled Journal Deal with Elsevier

Lindsay McKenzie
Inside Higher Ed
April 26, 2018

Summary: Julia Zimmerman, Dean of University Libraries at Florida State, released a statement saying the decision to cancel the libraries' "Big deal" with Elsevier had been made after "Long deliberation." "FSU is being charged too much - all because of a poorly thought-out 20-year-old contract between Elsevier and the State University System," said Zimmerman.

Europe Expanded the "No Elsevier Deal" Zone & This Could Change Everything

Hilda Bastian
Posted July 30, 2018 in Science Communication
PLOS Blogs

Summary: All the gray countries have to pay Elsevier subscriptions or individual article access for everything - we don't know how much of these countries have subscription deals with Elsevier.

In Finland, 481 academics signed up to boycott editing and peer reviewing for Elsevier journals if there was no deal.

Universities in Germany and Sweden Lose Access to Elsevier Journals

Diana Kwon
The Scientist
Jul 19, 2018

Summary: The company estimated that it published 16% of all scholarly articles in 2015, in around 2,500 journals.

Of the 4 "No Elsevier deal" countries at the moment, 3 are in the OECD, accounting for 9% of the OECD's research expenditure - Germany alone spends 6%. Here's the current "No Elsevier zone" in a map, with all 4 countries that have rejected Elsevier deals nationally colored red: Map showing countries indicated in text All the gray countries have to pay Elsevier subscriptions or individual article access for everything - we don't know how much of these countries have subscription deals with Elsevier.

'Big Deal' Cancellations Gain Momentum

Lindsay McKenzie
Inside Higher Ed
May 8, 2018

Summary:"Will big-deal cancellations continue to bubble along at a slow but steady pace? Will they peter out altogether as libraries and publishers work out new terms that allow the libraries to renew? Will more and more libraries cancel their big deals until publishers finally abandon them?" asked Anderson.

Unlike Montréal, some institutions that have canceled big deals have not ended up saving much money, or negotiating a better deal.

When the Wolf Finally Arrives: Big Deal Cancellations in North American Libraries

Rick Anderson
The Scholarly Kitchen: What's Hot and Cooking in Scholarly Publishing
May 1, 2017

Summary: Soon a conventional wisdom began to emerge: that some libraries were crying "Wolf!" prematurely and then backing down when their faculties got wind of the impending massive cancellations, while other libraries were crying "Wolf!" as a negotiating tactic and subsequently getting attractive offers from publishers in order to preserve their business, and still other libraries were successfully canceling their Big Deals only to return to the fold a year or two later when either a) it became clear that the content really was essential, or b) the publisher offered an irresistible deal.

My prediction is that two converging factors will lead to a growing number of Big Deal cancellations in academic libraries: the continued downward trend in collection budgets, and the growing number of libraries that are demonstrating by example that you can cancel your Big Deal and live to tell the tale.

Leaving the “Big Deal” … Five Years Later

Nabe, Jonathan and Fowler, David
The Serials Librarian 69
No. 1 (Jul 2015): 20-28

Summary: At the time of the original study, conducted one year after access to nonsubscribed titles was lost, only one year of content was available for ILL requests, since we maintained archival access to the nonsubscribed titles for the years in which we were participating members of the "Big Deal".

Of the titles, 283 had no ILL requests over the five year period, even though there were a reported 2,361 downloads from those journals in the year prior to departure.

What's the Big Deal?

Kenneth Frazier
The Serials Librarian
48:1-2, 49-59 (2005)

Summary: This paper is based on a presentation given by Ken Fraizer in tandem with Loretta Ebert. The term "Big Deal" is used to describe licensing agreements that provide expanded or complete access to the e-journal content of major publishers.

The author discusses the liabilities and opportunities created by a library collection development strategy that avoids buying into Big Deals and focuses instead on journal cost-effectiveness

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