Elsevier and Norway agree on new open-access deal

After unsuccessful negotiations between a coalition of Norwegian organisations and the academic publisher Elsevier culminated in cancelled subscriptions earlier this year, the two have successfully established a new nationwide licensing agreement, writes Diana Kwon for The Scientist.

The deal, which was announced on 23 April, is a pilot programme that covers a period of two years, during which articles with corresponding authors from Norway will be published open access in most of Elsevier’s journals. “We are very happy about this,” says Nina Karlstrøm, the leader of the negotiation team for the Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research (Unit), which represents seven universities and 39 research institutions in Norway. “As far as I know, we are the first to have one of these deals” with Elsevier.

Consortia in other countries in Europe, such as Sweden, Germany and Hungary, have also been pushing for nationwide licences that combine reading paywalled articles and publishing in an open-access format into one fee. But the discussions with Elsevier have yet to lead to successful agreements there, and prolonged negotiations have led academic institutions in those countries to terminate their contracts with the publisher.
Full report on The Scientist site