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Law Library Lessons in Vendor Relations from the UC/Elsevier Split

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In early March, the University of California, one of the largest research institutions in the world, blew up negotiations with Elsevier, one of the largest publishers of research articles in the world. The university would no longer pay Elsevier millions of dollars a year to subscribe to its journals. It simply walked away.

Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals.

UC's goal of open access is something that every institution should move toward because:

(1) At the same time academic institutions are paying for access to journals, their employees are providing labor to journals for free. AND

(2) journals pay for the research that they publish. In the United States, research funding often comes from government agencies—in other words, from taxpayers. Yet if members of the public tried to read new academic research…