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Journal Sustainability: Virginia Research Libraries and Big Deals

Information about negotiations with Elsevier.

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Institutions that Cancelled Elsevier “Big Deal” in 2019-2020

Exiting Big Deals has become a global trend, as more and more libraries realize the value proposition has collapsed, and institutions look to pivot their collections spending to more mission-aligned models. These are some of the institutions that have cancelled their Elsevier Big Deal in the last year.

  • Florida State University - reported saving over $1m
  • Iowa State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Max Planck Society
  • SUNY (State University of New York System): retained 250 core titles; $7M savings
  • Temple University
  • University of California System - recently resumed negotiations
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: retained 395 core titles; $1M reduction
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University

While Elsevier’s deal is the largest, all of our Big Deals will need to be reevaluated and reformed in coming years to ensure our collections are on a sustainable footing.

  Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) provides a Big Deal Knowledge Base with big deal cost information for various institutions and details about institutions that have cancelled their big deals. SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.

How Prestige Journals Remain Elite, Exclusive And Exclusionary

Pai, Madhukar (2020, November 30). How Prestige Journals Remain Elite, Exclusive And Exclusionary. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/madhukarpai/2020/11/30/how-prestige-journals-remain-elite-exclusive-and-exclusionary/

SPARC debrief on three recent big deal cancellations

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Research Coalition. (2020). SPARC debrief on three recent big deal cancellations. https://sparcopen.org/news/2020/sparc-debrief-on-three-recent-big-deal-cancellations/

The oligopoly of academic publishers in the digital era.

Larivière, V., Haustein, S., & Mongeon, P. (2015). The oligopoly of academic publishers in the digital era. PLOS ONE 10(6), 1-15 Article e0127502. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0127502

Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

Buranyi, S. (2017, June 27). Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/27/profitable-business-scientific-publishing-bad-for-science

Evaluating big deal journal bundles.

Bergstrom, T. C., Courant, P. N., McAfee, R. P., & Williams, M. A. (2014). Evaluating big deal journal bundles. PNAS, 111(26), 9425-9430. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1403006111

The state of OA: A large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles.

Piwowar, H., Priem, J., Larivière, V., Alperin, J. P., Matthias, L., Norlander, B., Farley, A., West, J., & Haustein, S. (2018). The state of OA: A large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles. PeerJ, 6, 1-23, Article e4375. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4375

Sustaining values and scholarship: A statement by the Provosts of the Big Ten Academic Alliance

Big Ten Academic Alliance. (2019). Sustaining values and scholarship: A statement by the Provosts of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. https://www.btaa.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/sustaining-values-and-scholarship.pdf?sfvrsn=5cc449f3_6

Untangling academic publishing: A history of the relationship between commercial interests, academic prestige and the circulation of research

Fyfe, A., Coate, K., Curry, S., Lawson, S., Moxham, N., & Røstvik, C. M. (2017). Untangling Academic Publishing: A history of the relationship between commercial interests, academic prestige and the circulation of research. https://zenodo.org/record/546100#.XL3GnJNKhBx

The Impact of Big Deal Breaks on Library Consortia: An Exploratory Case Study

Osterman, A. C., Rondeau, S., Bowdoin, J., O’Gara, G. M., & Pape, J. (2020). The Impact of Big Deal Breaks on Library Consortia: An Exploratory Case Study. The Serials Librarian, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/0361526X.2020.1740855