Sweden made a new deal

Sweden has made a new deal with the publisher Elsevier. In 2018 the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden canceled their agreement with the publisher Elsevier. The reason for this was not seeing a transition from subscription-based publishing to open access publishing.

Sweden wanted immediate open access to all articles published by Swedish researchers, reading access to all articles in Elsevier and a sustainable price model.

However, in late November of 2019, they made a new agreement with the publisher.

In this episode of Open Science Talk, we talk to the Library Director of Stockholm University, Wilhelm Widmark, who has also been a part of the negotiation team. He shares his thoughts on the new deal and how Sweden has experienced being without an agreement since 2018.

The new deal

The publication output within the agreement is expected to be approximately 3,800 articles per year.

You can find out more about the deal here, but the key elements of the new deal are:

  • Unlimited open access publishing in Elsevier hybrid and fully gold titles, society journals, and fully gold Cell Press and The Lancet titles
  • A unique pilot centered around open access publishing of 100 articles per year in Cell Press hybrid journals, which covers the entire consortium’s publication output in these journals
  • Reading rights to the Science Direct Freedom Collection (approximately 2,000 journals) from 1995, and as an additional option Cell Press (14 journals)
  • Publishing with CC-BY license (or another open license, according to the author’s wishes)


The new agreement will run for three years, starting on January 1, 2020.

In addition, the total cost for 2020 will be determined after December 10, when the participating organizations have decided whether they will join.

The agreement is going to be published in the ESAC registry when it has been signed.

If you want to know how Norway experienced being without a deal, you can listen to our podcast episode with Mona Magnussen here.