March 12, 2019 | Norwegian Business School
The Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education & Research has indicated that there will be no agreement with Elsevier in 2019.
Original press release (in Norwegian)
“Norway’s goal is that all publicly-funded Norwegian research articles should be made openly available by 2024, and the government has established guidelines and measures for open access to research articles. Institutions and consortia that negotiate agreements with publishers shall ensure that these agreements promote open access without increasing total costs, and that the terms and conditions are open and transparent. Elsevier has not made and offer that was acceptable for the Norwegian consortia.”
The same situation currently applies for institutions in Sweden and Germany where agreements have not been reached. France and the Netherlands are two further outstanding contracts renegotiations ongoing.
Nature | January 14, 2019 | Dalmeet Singh Chawla
The editorial board of an influential scientometrics journal — the Journal of Informetrics — has resigned in protest over the open-access policies of its publisher, Elsevier, and launched a competing publication.
The board told Nature that given the journal’s subject matter — the assessment and dissemination of science — it felt it needed to be at the forefront of open publishing practices, which it says includes making bibliographic references freely available for analysis and reuse, and being open access and owned by the community.
The Board members also asked Elsevier to reduce the current articles processing fee (US 1,800, plus tax) to something more appropriate. Elsevier declined to meet these demands and the editorial board for the journal resigned. With independent funding, the researchers set up a new free open access journal called Quantitative Science Studies (QSS) with MIT Press instead–see https://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/qss