News from Jul 10, 2018
The goal of Project DEAL is to conclude nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals (E-journals) from major academic publishers. The intention is also to bring about significant change to the status quo in relation to negotiations, content and pricing.
The Free University, the Humboldt University, the Technical University and the Charité Berlin are among more than 200 scientific institutions which did not renew the license agreement with Elsevier for 2018. Since 1 January 2018, the FU has been in a state without a contract.
Unfortunately, Elsevier is not willing to offer a science-adequate scope of services under the principles of open access, which is sustainably affordable. Thus, from the point of view of the DEAL negotiating group, the basis for negotiating a transitional agreement for the second half of 2018 is not given. The talks with Elsevier have been interrupted again in July 2018.
Elsevier has responded by deciding to block full access to ScienceDirect, which has so far been granted during ongoing negotiations. Since the FU Berlin terminated the last existing journal contract with Elsevier with effect from 31.12.2017 to support of the DEAL project, FU is now losing access to content that was or will be published after 31 December 2017. Our (archive) access will thus be limited as it is resulting from the previous contracts with Elsevier.
For articles that are not accessible online, please use legal alternative procurement channels. This includes, for example, the direct exchange of information about your scientific contacts.
In most cases the University Library can provide missing articles via the interlibrary loan delivery service. The interlibrary loan (ILL) is free of charge for all FU employees.
For particularly urgent orders there is the possibility of providing direct delivery services, e.g. TIB or FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure. Thankfully, these organizations have pledged their support.
TIB Portal: https://www.tib.eu/en/
TIB Document delivery: https://www.tib.eu/en/borrowing-ordering/tib-document-delivery/
FIZ AutoDoc: http://www2.fiz-karlsruhe.de/autodoc_home.html?&L=0
To order documents via FIZ AutoDoc, please apply for a corresponding customer account with the following application form: http://www2.fiz-karlsruhe.de/fileadmin/be_user/AUTODOC/PDF/licautod.pdf
The University Library as well as the staff in all Fu libraries will be happy to assist you in obtaining the required Elsevier articles. The UB has set up a team to answer your questions. Email: email@example.com