Elsevier changes: Related news and links
In recent years, rising costs of journal subscriptions have motivated dozens of U.S. university libraries and numerous European scholarly societies and universities to cancel subscriptions to “big deal” journal packages, the name for bundles of journals large publishers offer to libraries at discounted prices compared to the individual costs for each journal. The University of California System, Florida State University, and Temple University have already canceled or announced plans to cancel their big deals with Elsevier, the biggest and most expensive of the journal publishers. Libraries across the country have also canceled big deals with Springer, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, and others. Read below for related news and resources:
- Another 'Big Deal' Bites the Dust, an article in Inside Higher Ed about LSU's decision to cancel the big deal.
- Big deal cancellation tracking: a list of institutions that have cancelled, or announced plans to cancel, big deal packages from journal publishers.
- Paywall: The business of scholarship: "a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science. The film questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher, Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google."
- The quest to topple science-stymying academic paywalls (WIRED magazine)
- Why UC split with publishing giant Elsevier
- U. of California System cancels Elsevier subscriptions, calling move a win for open access (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- UC terminates its subscriptions to 2,500 journals in a battle over copyrights and access (Los Angeles Times)