New agreements with Elsevier, IEEE, and Emerald


FinELib has finalized new two-year agreements with Elsevier and IEEE. The new agreement with Emerald was signed for the year 2024. The agreements allow open access publishing and access to the publishers' journals.

The new agreements meet the goals of the consortium: they will diminish the costs for reading and publishing in scientific journals while giving the scientific community in Finland a wide access to the necessary articles.

All three agreements allow publishing articles under the CC BY license required by many research funding organizations. Post-cancellation access ensures continuous access to articles published during the agreement term, even if the current agreement is not renewed in the future.

Access to Elsevier ScienceDirect Freedom collection, as well as open access publishing without APCs (article processing charge) in the hybrid journals will continue with the new Elsevier agreement. Hybrid journals that have flipped into fully open access journals between 2021 and 2025 stay eligible for open access publishing. For other fully open access journals, 15% discount is available for the APC.

Quota of 3600 open access articles is included in the agreement, which should be sufficient for the articles accepted during the term.

Read more about open access publishing in SD Freedom journals

The agreement with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) includes access to IEEE Electronic Library (IEL) journals, conference proceedings and standards, and allows open access publishing in hybrid and fully open access journals. The article quota of 740 articles is expected to cover the number of articles accepted for publication during the agreement term.

Read more about open access publishing in IEEE's journals

The agreement with Emerald includes access to all Emerald journals and covers APCs of 150 open access articles that can be published in hybrid journals of the Emerald eJournal Premier Collection, or in the open access journals Mental Illness and International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management.

Read more about open access publishing in Emerald Premier journals

FinELib is currently negotiating for the agreement details with Oxford University Press (OUP), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and Springer Nature (Springer Compact Collection). Despite the prolonged negotiations, access to the journals of these publishers continues, and open access publishing without APCs is available for researchers.

Negotiations with American Chemical Society (ACS) are also still ongoing. ACS has cut access to its journals and open access publishing under the FinELib agreement has ended.

Read more about the negotiations with ACS: Agreement between FinELib and ACS not renewed