- Strategic Plan
Dear OSU Community Members,
OSU Libraries and Press, working together with librarians from the University of Oregon and Portland State University, will initiate negotiations next week with Elsevier, a global provider of information and analytics for educators, researchers and health care professionals that has served the university over the past decade.
This will be OSU’s first major re-negotiation of terms with Elsevier since 2014. OSU Libraries is seeking a contract that will reduce costs by 50% with no corresponding loss of access. This is an aggressive position, but one that reflects important current realities within the academic publishing market:
In the last few years, some major university systems and consortia have been able to negotiate terms and conditions with for-profit publishers that lay the groundwork for a more open and sustainable future for scholarly publishing. While these successes are notable, these publishers have not shown a willingness to make meaningful changes to their unsustainable purchasing model. Without those changes, OSU cannot continue to invest in a system designed to prioritize the profits of for-profit publishers, including with Elsevier, the world’s most profitable scholarly publisher.
In 2019, I asked a group of faculty to engage the OSU community in discussions about sustainable access to scholarly communication. Building on these discussions, the Open and Sustainable Scholarly Communication group has developed a set of draft principles to guide OSU librarians as they negotiate with scholarly publishers. These principles outline the commitments we need to provide a sustainable future for library journal collections. The work group presented this draft to the Faculty Senate on March 10 and will return to the Senate on May 12 to seek a resolution endorsing these principles.
OSU’s current contract with Elsevier ends Dec. 31, 2022. If the libraries cannot come to an equitable and sustainable agreement by that time, OSU will join a growing number of institutions that have stopped or significantly reduced their spending with Elsevier.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Provost and Executive Vice President