University of California takes a stand on open access

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Science  08 Mar 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6431, pp. 1023
DOI: 10.1126/science.363.6431.1023-a

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In what is being called a victory for the open-access movement, the University of California (UC) system announced it will end its journal subscriptions with Elsevier, the world's largest academic publisher. The university says Elsevier's proposal for a new contract fell short on two key asks: making all journal articles published by UC authors immediately available for free to readers worldwide and reducing the overall cost of access. The 10-campus UC system, which accounts for nearly 10% of all U.S. scholarly publishing output, is among the first U.S. institutions, and by far the largest, to rebuff Elsevier over costs and open access. The move could offer other institutions a blueprint for taking similar actions in support of open access. Elsevier hopes to return to the negotiating table and secure a deal.