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Terminated agreement with the publisher Elsevier

The contract with large science publisher Elsevier has been terminated as of June 30, 2018. The reason behind the termination is that the publisher does not satisfy the Swedish educational institutions' demands for open access.


In order to take steps towards the goal of immediate open access by 2026 set by the Swedish Government, and in order to implement the necessary transition from a subscription-based to an open access publishing system, Swedish universities demand through the Bibsam consortium:

  • Immediate open access to all articles published in Elsevier journals by researchers affiliated to the consortium's participating organisations
  • Reading access to all articles in Elsevier’s 1,900 journals for participating organisations
  • A sustainable price model that enables a transition to open access

Elsevier has not been able to offer a model that corresponds to the demands of the Bibsam consortium.

The Swedish universities and university colleges have all unanimously advised the Bibsam consortium to terminate the contract with Elsevier, as the publisher has not offered any deal that meets the consortium's demands. Örebro University stands by this decision and will not consider signing any local agreements with Elsevier.

Access to articles

Users at Örebro University will have continued access to articles published between 1 January 1995 and 30 June 2018, provided that the journal was part of the previous licensing agreement. Elsevier will not, however, provide access to subscription-based content published after June 30, 2018.

Copies of articles published in the publisher's journals after June 30th can be ordered through the university library on interlibrary loan.

There are also a number of tools available to facilitate finding articles which are open accessMany articles are freely accessible via parallel publishing in subject or institutional repositories.

Publishing in Elsevier journals

The termination does not affect Swedish researchers’ ability to publish in Elsevier’s journals.

Access to Scopus is maintained

For the Scopus database, there is a separate agreement that still applies.

About the Bibsam consortium

Since 1996, the National Library of Sweden negotiates license agreements for electronic information resources on behalf of Swedish universities, university colleges, governmental agencies and research institutes through the Bibsam consortium.

85 different organisations participate in at least one of the approximately 40 Bibsam agreements which include about 100 e-resource packages. The total turnover was 353 million SEK in 2017. The ten largest universities account for 73% of the sales.

Further information

Q&A about the cancellation of the agreement

Press release from May 16, 2018