Statement approved by the Steering committee for on 23 May 2011 shows concern about Elsevier’s Open Access Policy, the development programme to support Open Access in Sweden organised by the National Library of Sweden, approved a statement at its meeting on 23rd of May aimed at showing concern about Elsevier’s Open Access Policy.

Elsevier now requires specific agreements with universities or research funders if there is an open access mandate to deposit and disseminate articles in a specific open archive. These agreements may involve long embargo periods and restrict availability of research results.

“We strongly object to Elsevier’s new policy, which requires separate agreements for author’s rights, and we urge Elsevier to withdraw the new clause. We recommend that Swedish universities with open access mandates refrain from concluding separate agreements with Elsevier. Instead, this issue should be managed along with negotiations over national license agreements with Elsevier.”

You can read the full statement here. For further information please contact Jan Hagerlid at

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