UK Universities are coming to the end of 5-year agreement with Elsevier which provides Edge Hill staff and students with access to more than 1,800 journals on the Elsevier ScienceDirect platform. Edge Hill are part of a UK-wide consortium that is working in partnership with Jisc to negotiate a new deal for 2022 and beyond after the current agreement expires on 31 December 2021. The negotiations are aiming to secure a transformative journal agreement, otherwise known as a ‘Read and publish’ (R&P) deal that seeks to constrain costs and ensure full and immediate open access to UK research published by Elsevier.
What is a Read and publish (R&P) agreement?
Read and publish agreements aim to transition spend from paying for subscription services (paywalled content) to paying for reading and open access (OA) publishing services. Edge Hill has already signed several Read and publish deals with major publishers. These deals allow EHU authors to publish gold open access (OA) without incurring article processing charges (APCs), whilst continuing to gain access to subscription content. Elsevier are now the only large commercial publisher without a Read and publish agreement in place with the sector.
Why is this important?
Edge Hill promotes and supports the open and unfettered dissemination of research, underpinned by the University’s Statement of support for open research. Securing a Read and publish agreement with Elsevier will enable EHU authors publishing research in Elsevier journals to do so open access without charge, as well as ensuring that authors can comply with funder mandates as required by the ‘Plan S’ initiative for open access publishing.
As a sector our spend on Elsevier journals now exceeds £50m annually, comprised of subscription spend and charges for open access publishing. Elsevier frequently reports some of the highest profits in publishing and spend on their content takes up an increasing proportion of university budgets. Jisc reports that in 2019, 34% of the total amount paid to the top twelve publishers on Jisc negotiated agreements was to Elsevier (https://www.jisc.ac.uk/elsevier-sciencedirect-negotiations/about). It is now crucial that the sector secures an agreement that supports full and immediate open access to research whilst also reducing total sector spend to sustainable levels. Some additional facts about the negotiation are shared below and further information can be found on the Jisc negotiation web pages.
What will happen if a deal can’t be reached?
We are exploring a range of alternative options to provide access should an agreement with Elsevier not be reached. In this scenario Edge Hill would retain access to some material published up to the end of 2021 (known as perpetual access rights), and access to articles already published as open access would continue. Articles no longer available could be requested through our Interlibrary Loan service (branded ‘You want it, We get it’). At this stage in the negotiations we are hopeful that an agreement can be reached, but the sector is taking a cautious approach by preparing for every eventuality to minimise potential disruption to students, staff, and researchers.
As negotiations continue, Library and Learning Services will share important updates with staff, as well as discussing the potential impact of any changes to Elsevier access on your teaching and research. If you have any comments or questions about the negotiation then please do get in touch with Anna Franca, Collections Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
Our previous blog (Black History Month: Read, Watch, Listen, Reflect) looked at what the Student Engagement team have been engaging with to expand their knowledge and understanding of issues affecting people of colour. Following on from this, it is also important to consider the wider University context.
As part of our ongoing support and celebration of Black History Month the Library and Learning Services Student Engagement team (you may know us better as the UniSkills team) would like to share with you our reflections and how we have further educated ourselves in light of the re-emergence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in early 2020.
We know you love our UniSkills workshops and webinars (and can see lots of you have booked on already) but just in case you missed the news our UniSkills autumn/winter timetable is live and bookings are open!
UniSkills workshops and webinars are delivered by our team of knowledgeable Academic Skills Advisors and they’re jam packed with the best advice to help you ace your assignments! Whether you’re just starting your learning journey or you need help planning your dissertation – there really is something for everyone!
This week we are shining a spotlight on the dyslexic community and with the help of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), we hope to provide information, inspiration and confidence boosts to anyone who wants to find out more about the skills of a dyslexic individual. So, switch those notification bells 🔔
If you’d like to find out more about what BDA are up to this week, you can take a look at their webpages too.
The full researcher training programme for 2021/22, including new sessions
Our Research Support Team provides training workshops for research students and staff, and these are included in the University’s Researcher Development Programme. Taking place in Oak Room, 3rd Floor, Catalyst, we cover topics such as publishing your research, open access, using Pure and EndNote, and writing a strong data management plan.
During your welcome festivities Library and Learning Services have an exciting opportunity for you to win a £50, or two runner up prizes of £25, Amazon eVoucher – and all you need to do to enter is engage with us on social media accounts! You can enter up to two times (once via Twitter and once via Instagram) and it’s really easy to do!
Simply visit us in the HUB during Welcome Weekend (25th and 26th September), at the Welcome Fair (Wednesday 29th September) or the Welcome Back Fair (Wednesday 6th October) and scan our competition posters!
Hello and a massive welcome to all our new undergraduate students, we look forward to meeting you and getting to know you all this coming year. And welcome back to all returning students too! We are the Student Engagement team (you may also hear us referred to as the UniSkillsteam) and we are here to provide support with all aspects of your academic and information skills.
If you’re a new student, or a current student with a desire to keep up to date – listen up! Our brilliant Get Going With UniSkills webinars will be perfect for you. They are half an hour sessions, designed to get you up to speed on how to navigate (the new and improved) Discover More, Learning Edge, and which types of information will gain you good marks in your assignments.
We know it has been a funny couple of years, and those of you who have been here before may not have experienced the building in its full potential. To our new students joining us this academic year, let us tell you all about Catalyst.
Catalyst opened back in Summer 2018 and although we’ve been functioning for 3 years now, we’re still very much a shiny, new, flagship space on campus and we’d like you to feel welcomed and at home when you visit us.