With our current Elsevier contract due to end in December 2021, the University is working with partners across the UK to negotiate a new multiyear agreement for access to Elsevier ScienceDirect which also includes open publishing.
To achieve an affordable and sustainable deal which aligns with Aberdeen 2040 and our commitment to open research and inclusivity, we need to take a clear and firm stance ensuring that our needs are properly reflected.
We are now gathering information in support of planning and analysis to inform an institutional response to negotiations. Simon Bains, University Librarian, is very happy to hear views and questions from researchers at all levels and also invites interest in joining a consultative group to respond to developments in the negotiations and assist in communicating updates across the University. See his recent invitation in the Staff Newsletter.
Watch a short video on Open Access agreements: Jisc and Elsevier negotiations:
Jisc’s Open research team is carrying out a survey to gather the views and opinions of academics regarding the open access publishing of books (including book chapters and edited collections). We’re keen to find out about:
Your publishing habits and motivations
How you regard open access book publishing considering the benefits and any concerns you foresee
The survey will take around 10-15 minutes to complete. If you would like to participate, please visit: https://bit.ly/33Bf5jk
Please contact Joanna Adams, Scholarly Communications Officer, with any questions you may have.