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German researchers start 2017 without Elsevier journals

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Science  06 Jan 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6320, pp. 17
DOI: 10.1126/science.355.6320.17

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In Germany, negotiations between scientific publishing company Elsevier and a consortium of hundreds of universities, technical schools, research institutes, and public libraries stalled in December 2016. As a result, more than 60 institutions have lost their online access to Elsevier's journals effective 1 January, although some can still access archived articles published before that date. The price of the journals is only part of the problem. The consortium wants to move toward a new type of agreement that would make all papers by German authors open access, and it wants to make details of the deal public, a move that Elsevier vehemently opposes. A new round of negotiations is scheduled to start in late January.