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Germany: “Elsevier licence offer contravenes open access and fair pricing for scientific publications”

Reporting on the ongoing licensing negotiations with Elsevier in Germany, the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany issued today a press release titled “Elsevier licence offer contravenes open access and fair pricing for scientific publications“:

Following several months of intensive negotiations, academic publisher Elsevier has submitted an initial offer for a nationwide licence for access to scientific publications to the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany. In the opinion of the Alliance, this offer does not comply with the principles of open access and fair pricing.

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“Elsevier is trying to exploit its dominant market position and has threatened all scientific institutions whose contracts expire at the end of 2016 that it will disable their access to its services,” says Prof. Horst Hippler, President of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany rejects Elsevier’s offer. It calls on the publisher to submit a transparent and sustainable offer and to resume negotiations. The Alliance goes on to say that the reputation of the publisher is largely based on the mostly unpaid work of scientists and that this should be reflected in the business relations.

Read the full press release here.