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Negotiations with Elsevier

swissuniversities and Elsevier adopt a pilot agreement combining reading and publishing. The agreement is the result of the negotiations organised by the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries (CSAL) and Elsevier.

As a result, all member institutions of swissuniversities and additional CSAL consortium member institutions as well as their affiliated researchers across Switzerland will have continued access to the Freedom Collection and ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature. Researchers affiliated to CSAL consortium member institutions can access 16 million publications from over 2,500 journals published by Elsevier and its society partners via ScienceDirect. Furthermore, researchers will be able to publish Open Access across the majority of Elsevier’s Gold and Hybrid journals, scaling up to 100% by 2023.

This is a key milestone with regard to the national Open Access strategy of swissuniversities, which aims to achieve 100% Open Access by 2024. The four-year agreement is the first time CSAL has signed a national contract with a major publisher and will support all academic and research institutions across Switzerland as they transition to Open Access.


Update from August 25, 2021

After 20 months, it has become clear that the number of contractually agreed articles is sufficient, and that the quota will most likely not be exhausted until the end of 2022. This means that researchers can continue to publish with Elsevier without paying additional APC fees. From 2023, the quota is unlimited and 100% Open Access publishing is fully guaranteed.


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The agreement has been published and can be accessed on the homepage of the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries.

More information on the scope of the pilot agreement can be found at

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