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Finland and Germany: “Finland joins the fray”, blog post by Gavia libraria (the Library Loon)

This blog post is an insightful outsider view from the US looking at the negotiations in Finland, Germany and the rest of Europe.

Something the Loon is rather enjoying about the German and Finnish rhetoric is its resolute centering on open access. As usual, Europe is a few years ahead of the United States, where Big Deals are still (pace a few non-negotiables and the state of California) wholly price-fixated.

Germany: No full-text access to Elsevier journals to be expected from 1 January 2017 on

More information on the state of negotiations in Germany:

More than 60 major German research institutions are to be expected to have no access to the full texts of journals by the publisher Elsevier from 1 January 2017 on, among them Göttingen University with 440 Elsevier journals. There will be access to most archived issues of journals, but there may be no access to individual e-packages for the economic sciences in particular.

Read more here.

France: Universities at Clermont-Ferrand have cancelled subscription to the Wiley Full Collection for 2017

Starting from January 1st 2017, The University Clermont Auvergne has decided to end its subscription to the Wiley Full Collection. The decision has just been the subject of a press release sent to all researchers, and published on the website of the NBU.

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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.