SUNY contract along with academic journal database Elsevier Will expire at December, negotiations into renew Are fierce #Academic_JournalNovember 27, 2019
SUNY is now in the process of negotiating a new five-year contract with the academic database, whose services currently cost about nine million dollars each year.
“SUNY has a negotiation team and of course Elsevier does as well, and we’re basically just trying to come to a price point that’s agreeable to us as a system and Elsevier as well … as the buyer, you want the lowest price possible.
Elsevier’s “ScienceDirect” package provides access to hundreds of academic journals, many of which are of the premier variety, according to Geneseo SUNY faculty senator James McLean.
They are negotiating not only pricing but support for Open Access.
They have proven to be inflexible with their pricing model and we have had difficulty getting critical information from them,” according to a summary guide on the issue developed by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY Libraries Consortium working group.
Many similar requests have been made to Elsevier for SUNY to obtain more information to properly guide negotiations.
Elsevier has yet to offer SUNY “a fair and reasonable renewal price,” according to a statement made by the SUNY Purchase college library on Oct. 31.
“In the negotiations, Elsevier was like ‘hey you better support your faculty and get them these articles,’” McLean said.
We, as SUNY, need to develop a multi-faceted long-term strategy for scholarly communications and library funding across our campuses.”
Nuth said that in the instance SUNY abandons Elsevier, the campus community would depend more heavily on the already-used Information Delivery Services system in Milne Library.
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