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Elsevier Journals Status

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Elsevier Journals Status

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In mid-November, I reported that Cornell University Library was canceling about 200 Elsevier journals, the Harvard libraries planned similar cuts, and the University of California system was still in down-to-the-wire negotiations with Elsevier for its 2004 journals (http://www .infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb031117-1 .shtml).

Since then, a representative from Harvard confirmed that the university is canceling approximately 200 Elsevier subscriptions for 2004. Half of these are duplicate subscriptions, and the other half will no longer be available at Harvard libraries. In addition, the libraries are switching to e-only or print-only for another 75 or so titles. According to an e-mail from the representative, the cuts might not be the last:

We've succeeded in reducing our overall expenditures, but the reductions aren't sufficient to meet our : longer-term budget targets due to the sharply higher fees that Elsevier has imposed.... Unless Elsevier is able to rethink its approach to pricing for customers that can no longer sign on to the "big deal"-and we sincerely hope that it will-there is a strong likelihood that we will have to cancel more Elsevier journals in 2005.

Just before ALA Midwinter, Elsevier announced that it had signed a 5-year agreement with the California Digital Library "after several months of intense negotiations." The company said the negotiations had been challenging but that "the tone of the discussion was professional and cordial throughout." The announcement specified that the agreement "provides over 300,000 University of California (UC) undergraduates, graduates, researchers, faculty, and staff with access to the UC list of subscribed titles, all Cell Press titles, and Elsevier's entire collection of backfiles for all subject areas, back to Volume 1, Issue 1, which alone comprises 3 million articles. …

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