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SUNY Negotiates New, Modified Agreement with Elsevier

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

After more than a year of negotiations, the SUNY Libraries Consortium (SLC) and Elsevier have agreed on a plan for the SUNY system to have access to 248 core titles from the ScienceDirect database. The three-year agreement represents a $7,000,000 savings to the SUNY system. The core titles were identified through system-wide faculty and librarian consultations, and with analytics gathered from Impactstory’s assessment tool, Unpaywall Journals. The previous ScienceDirect contract ended on April 1, 2020; however, archival access to content published from 2010-2019 will continue. This new agreement includes an added benefit; all SUNY faculty are given a 10% discount on article process charges (APCs) if they wish to publish their work open access in Elsevier journals.

UB faculty, students, and staff should continue to use the Delivery+ service to obtain journal articles and book chapters that are no longer available through ScienceDirect. The Libraries’ Alternative Access to Articles Research Guide provides additional options for accessing scholarly content.

Selection of additional journal titles will be done in consultation with the University Libraries’ subject librarians. Please be advised that the number of titles to which the Libraries can subscribe may be limited and will be determined by utilizing data analysis and assessment tools. Please contact Laura Taddeo, interim head of collections for the UB Libraries,, with any questions.

As a reminder, SUNY’s Ready-to-Adopt Catalog is available for faculty who wish to explore open educational resources (OERs) for the courses they teach. There are numerous sources and strategies for using OERs. Interested faculty are encouraged to contact the OER Studio librarians for additional information.