In the last decade, researchers and academic libraries around the world have signed their names to several international agreements and models for negotiating with Big Deal publishers (ex. Elsevier, Springer, Harrasowitz). These agreements are directed at toward pricing practices and restrictive contractual agreements. In addition, these companies support legislation that would put limits on open access to research.
Libraries, consortia, and institutions have been cutting ties with these publishers for similar reasons. The impact of the pandemic and economic insecurity which has ensued has created a need for an immediate shift. This fact sheet provides some background on Big Deal Cancellations.
Below are several links to websites which describe the state of publishing and the situation that many universities are now facing.
Although there are several similar publishers, Elsevier provides an excellent example.
RELX, the parent company of Elsevier, had revenues of US $9.8 billion in 2019. (Elsevier’s profits account for about 34% of RELX’s total profits.) By contrast, Informa, Taylor & Francis’ parent company, had revenues of US $3.6 billion in 2019.
In public accounts, Elsevier has described the value they add to publications through their investment, including “coordinating the review, consideration, added text and references, and production and distribution mechanisms.” In contrast, UC economist Ted Bergstrom concluded through his calculations (including price per citation) that 59% of Elsevier titles were considered a “bad value.” In comparison, the American Physical Society had 0 “bad value” titles based on the same calculations.
Elsevier factsheet: Scholarly publishing - MIT LIBRARIES. (June 2, 2020). Retrieved February 18, 2021, from https://libraries.mit.edu/scholarly/publishing/elsevier-fact-sheet/
Regarding Elsevier journals that we have previously subscribed to, we are working with Elsevier for access via PORTICO, a digital preservations and electronic archiving serves. This will take some time to get everything previously subscribed to turned on in PORTICO.
Some articles may be available via open access. There are several ways to see if the article is available through open access resources.
1) Search Google Scholar via our library's website. https://nmsu.libguides.com/googlescholar
2) Download the Unpaywall extension to your browser. http://unpaywall.org/welcome
3) Request the article via interlibrary loan https://lib.nmsu.edu/services/ids.html.
To help facilitate the transition from post Elsevier access, the Reference and Research Services Faculty Librarians will help assist with the best options.
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