FinELib and Elsevier Reach Agreement for Subscription Access and Open Access Publishing

The FinELib consortium and information analytics business Elsevier have signed an agreement making Elsevier’s globally published research articles available to Finnish academic institutions, while providing Finnish researches with incentives to publish open access if they so choose.

The 3-year contract applies to 13 Finnish universities, 11 research institutions and 11 universities of applied sciences, and grants subscription access to around 1,850 journals on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect e-platform. To support Finland’s goal of transitioning to open access publishing, Elsevier and FinELib have initiated an Open Access pilot program that stimulates Finnish researchers to publish their articles open access in Elsevier journals.

“Elsevier’s high-quality scientific, technical and medical research publications have significant value for Finnish researchers in order to stay internationally competitive,” said Keijo Hämäläinen, Rector at the University of Jyväskylä and leader of the contract discussions on behalf of FinELib.

Based on Scopus and ScienceDirect data, Finnish research published by Elsevier increased by 37.5% between 2011 and 2015 while the total number of Finnish articles published grew by 15.8% during that the same period. These numbers demonstrate the value Finnish scientists attach to publishing in Elsevier’s highquality journals

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