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The UCSF Academic Senate  would like to invite all UCSF faculty to attend the upcoming Academic Senate/UCSF Library sponsored town hall, Accelerating Open Access Publishing at UC through Negotiations with Elsevier.”

This town hall is part of a major outreach initiative by the Senate and the Library to both inform and engage faculty about the ongoing UC/Elsevier negotiations. The UC/Elsevier contract ends on December 31, 2018 and for the first time, UC is proposing both cost reductions and open access (OA) publishing as part of its negotiations. Elsevier is the largest publisher of UC content (~18%), and systemwide, UC spends more than 25% of its $40M annual journals budget subscribing to Elsevier content. Elsevier has also been collecting close to $1M in open access fees from UC authors each year on top of our subscription payments. Therefore, these negotiations are intended to help control rising costs, align our payments with our institutional OA goals, and support our mission as a publicly-funded institution. The Academic Senate/UCSF Library Town Hall will focus on the goals of our negotiations with Elsevier and address potential issues concerning access to Elsevier journal content should we fail to reach an agreement. Similar contract negotiations with Elsevier (e.g., in Europe) have attracted broad attention in the media and are helping to accelerate the transformation of scholarly communication to a system that is more open and sustainable. 


The Town Hall has been scheduled for:

Monday, December 10, 2018

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Byers Auditorium

Live capture will be available. 

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