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Dispute With Elsevier Over German OA Articles

Holly Else writes in Nature that Elsevier “stopped thousands of scientists in Germany from reading its recent journal articles, as a row escalates over the cost of a nationwide open-access agreement.” She quotes publishing consultant Joseph Esposito: “Negotiators on both sides in Germany now seem to be waiting for the other to blink, says [Esposito]. The highly public nature of the stand-off means that ‘any deal Elsevier does with them becomes the de facto deal for the entire world,’ he adds.”

Else continues, “Elsevier’s move to cut off access to some German researchers also provides a test as to whether the scientists can survive without a subscription deal with the mega-publisher, says Ralf Schimmer, director of scientific information at the Max Planck Digital Library in Munich, Germany. ‘If it comes to hardship and misery, then the negotiators might be forced back to the negotiating table.’” Elsevier did not issue any new comments about the dispute; “instead [it] reiterated a 5 July statement saying it was committed to reaching a deal with the German consortium Projekt Deal, which is brokering an agreement on behalf of hundreds of Germany’s universities and research organizations.”

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