Elsevier Negotiation at Oxford

UK universities have a five year ‘big deal’ with Elsevier which runs to the end of December 2021.

This deal gives Oxford staff and students access to more than 1,800 journals. Throughout this year, we are working in partnership with Jisc and with other UK universities to reach an agreement for the next five-year ScienceDirect (Elsevier) deal, commencing in January 2022.

This is an important negotiation since it seeks to combine subscription costs and open access publishing costs in line with Plan S funder requirements and the Jisc requirements for transitional open access agreements. UK universities spend more than £50m annually with Elsevier, yet it is the last major publisher to strike a transformative deal which combines access and publishing spend whilst constraining costs.

The Bodleian Libraries are working with the Open Access Steering Group and Research and Innovation Committee. It is important that decisions are made based on evidence, and data about usage and publishing levels in Elsevier journals will help to inform our approach. Additionally, we will take a consultative approach in partnership with academic divisions. This page will be regularly updated as negotiations proceed throughout this year, including details of any information events that are planned.

We welcome feedback, comments and questions. Please contact the team here http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/contact-us.

Useful links

About the Elsevier ScienceDirect journals agreement negotiations | Jisc

Read and Publish Deals / Publisher OA payment schemes (ox.ac.uk)

Details of the Elsevier/JISC negotiations (Oxford SSO required for access) – NOTE: when accessing the site click on ‘request permission’ for full access.

Frequently asked questions

General

  • What’s happening?

    UK universities have a five year ‘big deal’ with Elsevier which runs to the end of December 2021. This deal gives Oxford staff and students access to more than 1,800 journals. Throughout this year, we are working in partnership with Jisc and with other UK universities to reach an agreement for the next five-year ScienceDirect (Elsevier) deal, commencing in January 2022.
  • Which journals does it cover?

  • Does it cover Cell Press / Lancet / Society titles?

    The negotiations are covering all Elsevier titles including imprints and society titles.
  • How do I find out what’s happening with the negotiations?

    Bookmark this page and keep checking it for information about the negotiations. It will be regularly updated as negotiations proceed throughout this year, with FAQs, details of planned events, and information specific to the deal at Oxford.
  • How long will all this take?

    Our current deal ends in December 2021. It is possible the negotiations may take longer than this but in previous negotiations Elsevier have not switched off access whilst negotiations have been in progress.

Process

  • What are the options?

    We expect Elsevier to offer us a proposal for a Transformative (“Read and Publish”) Agreement: one that combines both read (subscription) access and publishing costs. We will need to decide (both as a consortium and as an individual institution) whether this proposal satisfies our requirements in terms of collection content, costs and funder-compliant open access.
  • Who decides what we sign up to?

    The final decision about the deal will be made by Research and Innovation Committee on behalf of the Oxford academic community.
  • I am a college librarian / faculty librarian / researcher. Can I take out my own subscription to Elsevier?

    It is possible to take out a personal subscription to an Elsevier journal. Although, if everyone did this it would result in increased costs overall and may have an impact on our negotiations.

Engagement

  • What should I do if Elsevier contact me?

    Elsevier are likely to contact Oxford authors and editors, to encourage us to accept their offer. We would be interested to hear from you if this happens. If you are not sure how to respond please talk to your Subject Librarian.
  • How can I give feedback?

    Contact your Subject Librarian.

    We welcome feedback, comments and questions. Please get in touch via openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk