When the System of the University of California canceled its magazine subscription agreement in the publisher, it moved away from the contracts negotiations in 2019, it was not clear if the two parties could return to the same page.

The UC system wanted to save money and stop supporting research production that is inaccessible to the public. Elsevier offered to combine the costs of accessing the Paywalled content and publishing open access items. But the offer came with a price tag with the UC system was not willing to pay.

In the last two years, both the UC system and ELSEVIER system hit Multiple open access agreements with other parties. Elsevier has now signed 15 open access offers, while the UC system has signed nine. With more experience and data, Elsevier returned to the UC system in the summer of 2020 with a new proposal, and the negotiations began again seriously.

Yesterday, the UC system and Elsevier announced the details of their agreement. . Under the new agreement, which is the largest of its kind in North America, all the main authors of UC will have the opportunity to publish the works accepted in Elsevier's journals openly so that anyone can read them without paying or subscribing.

"This agreement reflects the trip we have been in our customers in the last two years, working in association to truly understand their needs and customized solutions," said Gemma Hersh, Senior Vice President of Solutions of Global research in Elsevier. "In our collaboration with UC, you really see a meeting on both sides."

In addition to openly publishing research in Elsevier magazines, the agreement also means that instant access to Gatwalled Elsevier's research will be restored for the faculty and students in the 10 Campus of the UC system, many of which are among the most prominent public research universities in the US. UU

"focused us from the beginning on our goal, which was an integral open access agreement for all our publication", said Ivy Anderson, Director of Development of the Collection and Management of the California Digital Library, who brought UC negotiations with Elsevier.

The four-year agreement, which Elsevier describes as a pilot, will come into force on April 1 on that date, UC will recover access. To all the magazines that stopped subscribing to 2019, as well as some additional magazines, according to a memorandum of understanding published yesterday. The UC libraries will pay a maximum of $ 10.7 million to Elsevier in the year, which will increase by 2.6 percent per year.

The Terms of open access publication of the Agreement will allow UC researchers to publish open access articles at any of the 2,500 dosvier journals, including prestigious titles, such as lancet titles and press cellular. A small number of magazines published by Elsevier can be excluded on behalf of academic societies.

The open access publication will be presented as the default publishing option for the authors of the UC, but will have the opportunity to choose to be excluded if they wish, Anderson said. The UC system anticipates that very few authors would choose not to open their work openly.

To publish an open access item, magazines generally charge a charge of processing of four figures. Under this new agreement, the UC system will get a discount of 15 percent of the price of the list for these charges and a discount of 10 percent for publications in the lancet or the cellular press. The standard fee for the processing of articles for the cell press is $ 5,200. With a discount of 15 percent, the UC libraries would pay $ 4,420.

These article processing charges will be covered through an unusual multipanitor model: combine funding from the subsidy and funding from the library where possible. When an author does not have funds to support open access publication costs, the library will cover these costs.

"We feel very good with the deal," Anderson said. "We do not get the profound and profound cost reduction.

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