PR Newswire: Elsevier Gives Full Access to its Content on its COVID-19 Information Center for PubMed Central and Other Public Health Databases to Accelerate Fight Against Coronavirus (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Elsevier Gives Full Access to its Content on its COVID-19 Information Center for PubMed Central and Other Public Health Databases to Accelerate Fight Against Coronavirus (PRESS RELEASE). “In January, Elsevier created the COVID-19 Information Center with free information in English and Mandarin on the novel coronavirus. The Information Center is updated daily with the latest research information on the virus and the disease and includes links to more than 19,500 freely available articles on ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature. Since its launch, the Information Center has been visited by more than a quarter of a million scientists, researchers, clinicians and others, 15 percent of whom are in the US.”

Ars Technica: Open access journals get a boost from librarians—much to Elsevier’s dismay

Ars Technica: Open access journals get a boost from librarians—much to Elsevier’s dismay. “When Florida State University cancelled its ‘big deal’ contract for all Elsevier’s 2,500 journals last March to save money, the publisher warned it would backfire and cost the library $1 million extra in pay-per-view fees. But even to the surprise of Gale Etschmaier, dean of FSU’s library, the charges after eight months were actually less than $20,000.”

University of North Carolina Libraries: Scholarly publishing at the tipping point

University of North Carolina Libraries: Scholarly publishing at the tipping point. “Last year, the University Libraries paid Elsevier, a Dutch company, $2.49 million for its package. This year the cost was $2.6 million – a 4.5% increase for the exact same package. The Library is in negotiations with several publishers including Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of scientific information. Nothing has been decided; talks could continue into early 2020.”

The Bookseller: Elsevier puts together free resource on coronavirus

The Bookseller: Elsevier puts together free resource on coronavirus. “Elsevier has set up an Information Centre on the newly emerged coronavirus featuring in the current outbreak in China, with free information in English and Mandarin. The resource is intended to help healthcare professionals, medical researchers and the public, bringing together content from Elsevier’s medical journals, textbooks and clinical experts, alongside resources from other information providers and major health organisations. The centre will be updated regularly with the most current research and evidence-based information available.”

Science: Elsevier deal with France disappoints open-access advocates

Science: Elsevier deal with France disappoints open-access advocates. “Publishing giant Elsevier has signed a national license deal with Couperin, France’s consortium of universities and research organizations, but critics say it doesn’t do enough to advance open access (OA) to scientific journal articles. Its terms are at odds with Plan S, a mandate to make publications immediately free to read starting in 2021, which France’s National Research Agency has backed.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon Publishing Agreement Marks Open Access Milestone

Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon Publishing Agreement Marks Open Access Milestone. “The university recently reached a transformative agreement with the scientific publishing giant Elsevier that prioritizes free and public access to the university’s research. This comes at a time when universities around the world are working to transition the current subscription system of scientific journal publishing to new open access business models. Under the terms of the agreement, which is the first of its kind between Elsevier and a university in the United States, Carnegie Mellon scholars will have access to all Elsevier academic journals. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, articles with a corresponding CMU author published through Elsevier also will be open access.”

TorrentFreak: Sci-Hub & Libgen Blocked By Austrian ISPs Following Elsevier Complaint

TorrentFreak: Sci-Hub & Libgen Blocked By Austrian ISPs Following Elsevier Complaint. “Austrian ISP T-Mobile has announced that following a supervisory procedure carried out by local telecoms regulator TKK, it has begun blocking two dozen Sci-Hub and Libgen related domains. The original complaint was filed against rival ISP A1 several months ago by publishing giant Elsevier. A1’s blocking is also well underway.”

Daily Bruin: The UC and Elsevier are refusing to compromise at unacceptable cost to students

Daily Bruin: The UC and Elsevier are refusing to compromise at unacceptable cost to students. “The UC and Elsevier must find a middle ground and come to a reasonable agreement to renew their annual subscription – one that both sides can feel content with. And that doesn’t mean one side or the other getting their way; it means compromise – in the fullest sense of the word. Because every day that goes by without an agreement means more students are getting swindled for something that’s beyond their own control.”

Science: UC faculty members quit Cell Press editorial boards over impasse with publisher

Science: UC faculty members quit Cell Press editorial boards over impasse with publisher. “Some of the University of California’s (UC’s) most prominent scientists have announced they will resign from editorial boards of Cell Press to protest the continuing impasse between its owner, publishing giant Elsevier, and UC over subscription costs and open access to articles.”

UC faculty to Elsevier: Restart negotiations, or else (Berkeley News)

Berkeley News: UC faculty to Elsevier: Restart negotiations, or else. “A group of prominent University of California faculty say they will step away from the editorial boards of scientific journals published by Elsevier until the publishing giant agrees to restart negotiations, which stalled in February and left the 10-campus system without subscriptions to some of the world’s top scholarly journals.”

Boing Boing: Elsevier sends copyright threat to site for linking to Sci-Hub

Boing Boing: Elsevier sends copyright threat to site for linking to Sci-Hub. “In a field of giant, corrupt monopolists, Elsevier is still notable for its rapacious conduct, so it’s not surprising to learn that the company has sent a copyright threat to a to Citationsy, a service that helps scholars and others create citations to scientific and scholarly literature, alleging that merely linking to Sci-Hub is a copyright infringement.” I thought we’d gotten over the “link is a copyright infringement” hangup about fifteen years ago.

San Francisco Chronicle: Largest publisher of scholarly journals cuts off UC researchers amid cost dispute

San Francisco Chronicle: Largest publisher of scholarly journals cuts off UC researchers amid cost dispute. “On Wednesday, professors and students across the University of California who tried to read articles published in any of 2,500 scholarly journals since Jan. 1 got an unpleasant surprise: They couldn’t. Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of journals — from the famous Lancet to the less-known Journal of Psychosomatic Research — had cut UC off.”

Noozhawk: UCSB Signs International Initiative Advocating Open Access Publishing

Noozhawk: UCSB Signs International Initiative Advocating Open Access Publishing. “Public research university, publicly available research. Sounds logical, but that’s not always — or even often — the way it goes. UCSB, and the University of California at large, aim to change that. Affirming its belief that research generated at a public institution should indeed be available to the public at no cost — and its commitment to achieving that goal — UCSB has now signed the OA2020 Expression of Interest.”

Verdict Medical Devices: Elsevier and phactMI to develop new tool for medical data

Verdict Medical Devices: Elsevier and phactMI to develop new tool for medical data. “Analytics firm Elsevier has teamed up with non-profit phactMI to develop a new solution for providing scientifically accurate information to healthcare professionals. The deal will leverage Elsevier’s Entellect life sciences platform to create a semantic search portal. Scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, the new solution will facilitate rapid access to up-to-date, approved medical documentation from 30 pharmaceutical manufacturers.”