The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM) released today a statement titled “Open science must be promoted by all means necessary”:
It is vital that these negotiations find a solution that is financially sustainable for the scientific community. The contracts that are to be signed must significantly increase the opportunity for Finnish researchers to publish openly. Open science is the starting point for our national contract negotiations. Finland requires that all parties implement solutions that will make open publishing commonplace for all researchers.
Read the whole statement here.
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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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.
“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.
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Professor Timothy Gowers from the University of Cambridge has written an insightful blog post on the recent agreement negotiated between Elsevier and Jisc Collections in the UK. Relevant reading for any interested in the the outcome of Finnish negotiations as well.
FinELib has published an update on the current status of the negotiations with international publishers (Elsevier, Wiley, Sage, Taylor & Francis, ACS), you can find it here: