After more than two years of negotiations, in March 2021 the University of California announced a transformative open access agreement with Elsevier, the world’s largest academic publisher, that accomplishes the university’s two goals for all publisher agreements: (1) enabling universal open access to UC research; and (2) containing the excessively high costs associated with licensing journals. This successful outcome was the result of UC’s faculty, librarians and university leadership coming together to stand firm on the goals of making UC research freely available to all and transforming scholarly communication for the better.
The four-year agreement, which went into effect on April 1, 2021, enables UC authors who publish with Elsevier to make their research freely available to the world to read. Through the agreement, the UC libraries provide funding to cover open access publishing fees for UC authors who publish in Elsevier journals by redirecting funds previously devoted to subscription fees.
As of September 1, 2022, this financial support will also be available to UC corresponding authors publishing in Cell Press and The Lancet titles.
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