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2018-09-13 11:00

Alternative routes to access new Elsevier publications


After the cancellation of the publishing agreement with the major publisher Elsevier, the University of Borås has no access to locked articles published in Elsevier journals after July 1, 2018. However, this does not mean that there are no other ways to reach newly published articles.

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As per previous news from the University, the Swedish Bibsam Consortium has cancelled the long-running subscription agreement with the major publisher Elsevier. This happened after extended negotiations where Elsevier refused to agree to Swedish requests for increased Open Access publishing. The Swedish National Library has written a more detailed account on the page Q&A about the cancellation of the agreement with Elsevier commencing 1 July.

The consequences for researchers, PhD students and others at the University of Borås are that we are no longer able to access locked papers published by Elsevier journals from July 1st 2018 onwards. Papers published before then, and new papers published Open Access will continue to be available.

To access locked Elsevier papers there are several different routes. A few suggestions are to:

Elsevier is a member of STM (the global voice of scholarly publishing), whose Voluntary principles for article sharing on scholarly collaboration networks include provisions for sharing papers within a research collaboration group. This means that it is worth checking if any colleagues may already have paper in question, as it would be perfectly acceptable for them to share this with collaborators.

For more information about how individual papers published by Elsevier and other companies may be shared, we recommend the tool How Can I Share It.

Text: Signe Wulund
Photo: Christian StahlUnsplash