Elsevier ScienceDirect open access agreement launched

Jisc and UK Universities have concluded negotiations with Elsevier to agree a three-year read and publish agreement that will provide UK researchers with unlimited open access publishing across Elsevier hybrid journal titles, as well as significantly reducing total sector spend. Added to the sector’s existing read and publish agreements, this deal means that 80% of UK research can now be made open access without incurring any cost to authors.

The deal is the world’s largest open access agreement with Elsevier and is likely to affect the UK scholarly communications landscape significantly as well as set the tone for future negotiations with publishers for read and publish agreements. Further information on the new agreement can be found in this update from Jisc.

Library and Learning Services have signed up to the new agreement and we will be sharing information on how Edge Hill researchers can access the publishing benefits shortly. Questions about the new agreement can be directed to Anna Franca – [email protected]

This post concludes a series of earlier updates on the negotiation which can be found here: https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/2021/10/18/elsevier-sciencedirect-negotiations/

Elsevier ScienceDirect Negotiations


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.

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