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This UCSF Academic Senate and UCSF Library sponsored Town Hall is part of a major outreach initiative by the Academic Senate and the Library to 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. We will focus on the goals of our negotiations with Elsevier and address potential issues concerning access to Elsevier journal content in the event that we do not reach an agreement.

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. The 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. 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. 

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