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Latest news on the Elsevier negotiations

Latest news on the Elsevier negotiations

28 October 2021

The UK higher education sector released a joint statement on Thursday 28th October on the latest stage of the negotiations:

“Our universities are fully committed to the approach being taken by the UK’s Elsevier Negotiation Team and support the recommendation to reject the most recent proposal from Elsevier on the basis it does not yet meet the two core objectives of the negotiations: to reduce costs to levels which are sustainable, and facilitate rapid transition to full and immediate open access to UK research.

UK universities have agreed a set of negotiation objectives that reflect our shared desire to foster open research. We welcome the progress the Elsevier Negotiation Team has made with Elsevier over recent months, whilst noting their advice that the current proposal does not yet deliver against the sector’s requirements. We hope both parties can continue to work together to achieve a more equitable agreement which allows for the sector-wide management of the open access transition.”

(Source: The Russell Group -

Jisc also issued a response to the sector’s joint statement:

Liam Earney, executive director, digital resources at Jisc:

“We support the sector’s strong, unified rejection of the latest proposal from Elsevier and have requested a revised proposal. We will continue to work alongside the sector and negotiate on their behalf to help them achieve an agreement which provides full and immediate open access to research, reduces expenditure with Elsevier to a cost that universities can sustain and which helps them realise their education and research ambitions.”