No Deal: German Universities Prepare For Cut-Off From Elsevier Journals 16/12/2016 by Monika Ermert for Intellectual Property Watch 9 Comments Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)After licensing negotiations between German university libraries and Elsevier failed at the beginning of the month, over 60 university libraries in Germany are preparing to be cut off from hundreds of journals of the British-Dutch publisher, after a standoff over pricing and access. The university libraries organised in the DEAL initiative rejected an offer made by Elsevier earlier this month for a first nationwide licence, because of an aggressive pricing and flaws in the access models. The offer made by Elsevier to DEAL would “not comply with the principles of open access,” the librarians of the University of Goettingen wrote in a message to their users, and “despite its current profit margin of 40 percent, the publisher is still intent on pursuing even higher price increases.” With the stop of the negotiations access to future journal editions be cut off on 1 January, when current licenses are expiring. But there will also be no access to archived editions of journals licensed under “individual e-packages for the economic sciences in particular,” according to the message. For years, university libraries have grappled with the problem that they were unable to afford the journal packages that were filled for free from their scientists in the first place. Librarians after the cut-off will assist those needing access via alternative channels, like interlibrary loans, the message from Goettingen reads. The fight between universities and the big publishing houses has been going on for some time, with a development similar to the DEAL initiative in Germany on the way by FinELIB in Finland. Over 16,000 scientists followed the call of renowned mathematician Tim Gowers in 2012 not to further publish or peer-review for Elsevier. But the effect has obviously made no big impression on the publisher so far and a recent study showed that 38 percent of the signatories did not keep up with the commitment made. Who will win in the standoff between universities and publishers after January remains to be seen. Meanwhile British scientists filed a complaint over potential market abuse by Elsevier with the British Competition and Market Authority. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Related Monika Ermert may be reached at email@example.com."No Deal: German Universities Prepare For Cut-Off From Elsevier Journals" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.