No Deal with Norway

Deal or No Deal?

Norwegian research institutions have decided not to renew their agreement with Elsevier.

The agreement with the publisher Elsevier expired at the end of 2018. Negotiations have been underway for more than six months between Unit (department for IT and collective services for higher education and research) and the Dutch publisher, without reaching a new agreement.

The same week Unit released that they had signed a deal with Wiley. This three-year agreement will provide 33 Norwegian institutions with continued access to approximately 1,500 academic journals from Wiley.

As part of the agreement, all eligible researchers and students will be automatically identified and notified of the opportunity to publish open access through their institutional connection, at no additional charge.

In episode 12 we had Wiley on to explain their view on Open Science and Open Access.

What does it all mean?

But why didn’t Norway renew their deal? And how will the Norwegian institutions and libraries cope with a future without the largest publisher of academic literature? Also, what does the newly signed deal with Wiley contain? Is that a “perfect” Open Access deal?

The guest of this episode is Mona Magnussen, head of the collection department at the University Library at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.