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March 26, 2018

(Editor's note: excellent overview of how different R1s are thinking about the future of collections.) Research librarians are giving notice: The pressures that led the University of California system to cut the cord with Elsevier aren’t foreign to their campuses.

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March 12, 2019

The University of California's boycott of academic-publishing giant Elsevier has open-access advocates pleased. Others have concerns about transparency.

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March 4, 2019

The giants of the scientific publishing industry have made huge profits for decades. Now they are under threat

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Feb. 28, 2019

Earlier today, the University of California ended negotiations with Elsevier, one of the world’s largest scholarly journal publishers. UC’s main goal since negotiations began in July had been to secure universal open access publishing of UC research, so that anyone in the world could view it, free of charge — as well as to curb the rising costs associated with for-profit journals. Talks heated up after Dec. 31, when UC’s multimillion-dollar subscription expired.

Berkeley News asked University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, co-chair of UC’s negotiation team, more about what’s happened and what it means for UC scholars and the public.