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To our shared campus communities,
The scholarly, commercial publishing marketplace has changed significantly since our last negotiation with Elsevier in 2014. Elsevier started charging researchers article processing charges (APCs) to enable open access publishing in 2013. At the time of our last contract, open access publishing was not yet seen as an integral part of their business model. The main development is that today, of the 2,637 journals currently accepting submissions and listed on the ScienceDirect website, a quarter of these journals, 772, are listed as fully open access supported by APC-based funding, and a further 1,974 journals are listed as containing open access content. We also recognize that in recent years, multiple academic institutions and consortia have secured concessions from Elsevier that reflect this changing landscape, including: reductions in APC charges, retroactive conversion of previously published content to open, or reduction in a library’s overall spend without a corresponding reduction in access.
Oregon State University Libraries, Portland State University Library, and the University of Oregon Libraries are entering into contract negotiations with Elsevier for journal access in 2023, and for up to three years beyond that. For the sake of transparency, we want to reach out to our respective campuses to provide you with the goals we hope to achieve with this renewal cycle. We join academic libraries and consortia across the United States in ascribing to the core principles for publisher contracts set forth by the MIT Libraries, which are:
To this end, all three institutions would like to reduce our spend with Elsevier by half of the current amounts paid by each institution. We are interested in obtaining a concession that would allow articles published by authors at each institution to be converted from closed to open access. We will be asking Elsevier to remove any limitations on inter-library lending (ILL). We will seek concessions that ensure end-users’ identifiable account information is not utilized inappropriately, and we will seek removal of any language that does not allow us to openly disclose the contract we have negotiated.
The three libraries would be interested in hearing from their respective campus constituencies about any concerns or questions that they may have about these negotiations. At Oregon State University, please direct any questions to OpenScholComm@Oregonstate.edu. More information about the work that OSU Libraries is engaging in can be found on this guide: https://guides.library.oregonstate.edu/OSSC.
Ideally, our negotiations with Elsevier will begin in late Spring/early Summer 2022, and conclude by the end of Summer 2022, with a start date for a new contract in January 2023