What are the negotiations all about?
WHO IS NEGOTIATING?
The FinELib consortium, consisting of Finnish universities, research institutes and public libraries, is negotiating with major international publishers over large packages of scholarly journals.
WHAT IS BEING NEGOTIATED?
The aim of the negotiations is to agree how much organisations need to pay so that their researchers, students, teachers and other staff members have access to this wide array of scholarly journals. Agreements also define the terms and conditions of use applied to articles, e.g. whether they can be used in text and data mining or as course material.
Since 2016, another aim of the negotiations has been to agree upon the ways in which to make a transition from the traditional subscription model towards open access (see GOALS for more information).
HOW DO THE NEGOTIATION RESULTS AFFECT INDIVIDUAL RESEARCHERS?
The negotiation results affect what e-journal packages consortium members subscribe to, i.e. what e-journals researchers can access. The achieved benefits of open access have an impact on how researchers can publish their articles openly, e.g. with a discounted article processing charge (APC).
HOW CAN RESEARCHERS INFLUENCE THE NEGOTIATIONS?
Researchers are key customers of publishers, which is why their opinions are important to publishers. When in contact with publishers, researchers can express their views of the importance of reasonable prices and open access.
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open access benefits
During negotiations, open access benefits have been agreed upon regarding the journals of the following publishers: American Chemical Society, Elsevier, Emerald, Royal Society of Chemistry, Sage, Springer Nature, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott.
More information about publisher- and organisation-specific open access benefits is also available from your own library.