The shape of wins to come for research open access

For-profit journal giant Elsevier has negotiated over open-access issues it is disputing with the University of California –  just not with U Cal

OA deal done: The publisher and Carnegie Mellon U have a new  agreement that charges a single-fee for staff access to all Elsevier journals and for all university research in them to be published open-access. It looks like the deal Elsevier reached with Norway’s universities in April (CMM April 24).

But not like the continuing stand-off between the publisher and the University of California – negotiations broke down over the network’s demands for an arrangement which looks like what Carnegie Mellon now has (CMM March 14).

U Cal wants in: Elsevier has now signalled it is ready to reach agreements, without conceding to the vast U Cal network and the university “says, “we look forward to the opportunity to re-engage in conversations with Elsevier to achieve a cost-effective agreement on similar terms.” The basis for a deal on open access is now established, what isn’t is the price.

OA on the way: But none of this take the OA pressure off Elsevier. On Thursday the US Government Accountability Office issued recommendations to 19 federal research-funding agencies to pick up the pace on open access.


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