Town Hall Meetings about Elsevier publisher negotiations

Elizabeth Andrews
Thursday 14 October 2021

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Academic staff and researchers are invited to come along to one of our Town Hall meetings to learn more about ongoing negotiations with the academic publisher Elsevier and the benefits of a successful outcome.

  • Town Hall 1 – Tuesday, 19 October at 10.30
  • Town Hall 2 – Wednesday, 27 October at 14.00

To sign up, please email [email protected] and you’ll receive a Teams invitation.

The University of St Andrews subscribes to over 2,000 Elsevier journals – representing a significant proportion of the academic literature that researchers engage with daily. In 2020 our annual journals subscription cost with Elsevier was 12% of the Library’s subscription budget. Authors at the University also publish extensively in Elsevier journals (c80-90 articles per year). Currently most of these articles are paywalled, and we achieve open access through deposit of accepted manuscripts in Pure. Elsevier also offers ‘gold’ OA publishing at additional cost per article.

The UK Universities sector is entering negotiations with Elsevier with two core objectives:

  1. To reduce overall costs to sustainable levels
  2. To provide full and immediate open access to UK research

The aim is to secure a read and publish agreement with Elsevier, converting subscription expenditure to support immediate open access publishing and maintaining access to paywalled content for a reduced fee.

To support planning and analysis throughout this process we are keen to hear all voices, from across disciplines and roles, to ensure the University’s response is rooted in the interests of researchers at all levels. The Town Hall meetings will provide an overview of the negotiations and an opportunity to ask questions and share your views.

For further information, contact Jennifer Louden, Deputy Director of Libraries & Museums ([email protected]) or Jackie Proven, Head of Open Research ([email protected]) or stay up to date with the latest Elsevier information and FAQs on our dedicated web page.



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