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Smith, M. (2016). The cost of open access journals: the pay it forward project findings on vimeo. Presentation to Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)  Fall Meeting

Surveying the scalability of OA monographs in the humanities and social sciences – survey in progress as of January 2017, results to be presented May 2017, Dr. Christopher Barnes. Retrieved Jan. 10, 2017 from:

German academic institutions and Elsevier

Elsevier (2016).  Elsevier and German Hochschulrektorenkonferenz in Ongoing Conversations. Elsevier Press Releases Dec. 2, 2016. Retrieved Jan. 2016 from

English text:

Elsevier was asked by the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) to enter into confidential conversations to develop for the first time in Germany’s history nation-wide agreements for academic literature. We accommodated this request and made suggestions for both subscription access and, separately, for open access publishing for German researchers.

Since such negotiations for 600+ institutions are complex, both sides have met regularly during the second half of this year and it was a mutual agreement to pause talks until early in the new year.

Elsevier was asked to make a nation-wide proposal covering more content and significantly more institutions than are currently covered under individual contracts, adding to the volume and complexity of the contract to be negotiated.

As the world’s third largest open access publisher, Elsevier also supports the open access ambitions of the German government and we therefore have made suggestions to HRK for a path towards open access publishing in Germany.

We note with surprise allegations Elsevier is threatening to cut access for some institutions. In fact, it was those institutions themselves that informed us of their intention not to auto-renew their expiring individual access agreements based on the assumption that a national deal would be reached by the end of 2016. It goes without saying that all institutions, even if they cancelled their contracts, will be serviced beyond 2016 should they so choose.

We look forward to continuing our conversation with HRK in 2017.

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Moody, G. (2016). Seeking open access deal, 60 German academic institutions ditch all subscriptions with Elsevier. Techdirt Dec. 20, 2016. Retrieved Jan. 2016 from

Göttingen University (2016). No full-text access to Elsevier journals to be expected from January 2017 on 12-13-2016

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Last updated Jan. 10, 2017

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