On Tuesday, the University of California announced an agreement with Elsevier, “that achieves both of the university’s goals for all publisher agreements: (1) Enabling universal open access to all UC research; and (2) Containing the excessively high costs associated with licensing journals.”

The UC statement also noted, “the agreement restores as of April 1, 2021, UC’s direct online reading access to all previously subscribed Elsevier journals and some additional journals to which UC did not subscribe previously.”


“As someone who started covering the open access movement some 20 years ago, I have to say this agreement is a major milestone for OA in the US,” declares Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer. “And the reason is this deal involves two real titans in the scholarly communication field.

“The University of California accounts for ten percent of US research output, and they are a huge part of Elsevier’s customer and content base—in other words, UC consumes a lot of articles from Elsevier, and contributes a lot of research to Elsevier,” Albanese tells CCC.

Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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