Organizations around the world denounce Elsevier’s new policy that impedes open access and sharing

On April 30, 2015, Elsevier announced a new sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles. This policy represents a significant obstacle to the dissemination and use of research knowledge, and creates unnecessary barriers for Elsevier published authors in complying with funders’ open access policies. In addition, the policy has been adopted without any evidence that immediate sharing of articles has a negative impact on publishers subscriptions.

Despite the claim by Elsevier that the policy advances sharing, it actually does the opposite. The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo periods of up to 48 months for some journals. It also requires authors to apply a “non-commercial and no derivative works” license for each article deposited into a repository, greatly inhibiting the re-use value of these articles. Any delay in the open availability of research articles curtails scientific progress and places unnecessary constraints on delivering the benefits of research back to the public.

Furthermore, the policy applies to “all articles previously published and those published in the future” making it even more punitive for both authors and institutions. This may also lead to articles that are currently available being suddenly embargoed and inaccessible to readers.

As organizations committed to the principle that access to information advances discovery, accelerates innovation and improves education, we support the adoption of policies and practices that enable the immediate, barrier free access to and reuse of scholarly articles. This policy is in direct conflict with the global trend towards open access and serves only to dilute the benefits of openly sharing research results.

We strongly urge Elsevier to reconsider this policy and we encourage other organizations and individuals to express their opinions.

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Organisational Signatories

  1. COAR: Confederation of Open Access Repositories
  2. SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
  3. ACRL: Association of College and Research Libraries
  4. ALA: American Library Association
  5. ARL: Association of Research Libraries
  6. ASERL: Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
  7. AOASG: Australian Open Access Support Group
  8. IBICT: Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology
  9. CARL: Canadian Association of Research Libraries
  10. CLACSO: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales
  11. COAPI: Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions
  12. Creative Commons
  13. Creative Commons, USA
  14. Creative Commons, Australia
  15. EIFL: Electronic Information for Libraries
  16. EFF: Electronic Frontier Foundation
  17. GWLA: Greater Western Library Alliance
  18. LIBER: European Research Library Association
  19. National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  20. OpenAIRE
  21. Open Data Hong Kong
  22. RLUK: Research Libraries UK
  23. SANLiC: South African National Licensing Consortium
  24. University of St Andrews Library
  25. ANKOS OAIRWG: Anatolian University libraries Consortium. OAIR working Group
  26. University West, Sweden
  27. DLF: Digital Library Federation, USA
  28. ELibUkr, Ukraine
  29. Open Access Network, USA
  30. AusGOAL: Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing Programme
  31., Mexico
  32. National Research Foundation of South Africa
  33. Open Book Publishers, United Kingdom
  34. Escola Superior de Educação de Paula Frassinetti, Portugal
  35. Library of the Hospital Prof. Dr. Fernando Fonseca, EPE, Lisbon, Portugal
  36. SLA: Special Libraries Association
  37. OhioLINK, Columbus, USA
  38. Library of the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  39. DOAJ
  40. dbv: German Library Association, Germany
  41. SCONUL: Society of College, National and University Libraries, UK
  42. bepress, Berkeley, USA
  43. SPARC Europe
  44. Paperity, Warsaw, Poland
  45. University of Technology Sydney Library, Australia
  46. CAUL: Council of Australian University Librarians
  47. European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)
  48. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, London, UK
  49. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
  50. Institutional Repositories Promotion Committee, Japan
  51. University of California Libraries, USA
    UC Berkeley Library
    UC Davis Library
    UC Irvine Libraries
    UCLA Library
    UC Merced Library
    UC Riverside Library
    UC San Diego Library
    UC San Francisco Library
    UC Santa Barbara Library
    UC Santa Cruz Library
    California Digital Library
  52. medica spa @ cnr, Bologna, Italy
  53. UNIPA – Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
  54. Biblioteca scuola politecnica-sede architettura Università di Genova, Italy
  55. Cadernos Saúde Coletiva, Spain
  56. Sardegna Ricerche, Italy
  57. Biblioteca di Scienze geo-ambientali e planetarie, Italy
  58. SUNYLA: State University of New York Librarians Association, USA
  59. Canadian Library Association
  60. Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  61. DPLA: Digital Public Library of America
  62. UFRJ: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  63. Orbis Cascade Alliance
  64. Open Access India
  65. ICSI: Information and Communication Society of India
  66. SALIS: Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science, India
  67. Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva, Brasil
  68. FCT: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
  69. BAD – Portuguese Association of Librarians Archivists and Documentalists
  70. USAIN: United States Agricultural Information Network
  71. ENEA: Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development
  72. EUI: European University Institute Library
  73. Policy Online, Australia
  74. University of Liège, Belgium
  75. Universita’ di Camerino, Biblioteca di Scienze, Italy
  76. ANKOS:Anatolian University Libraries Consortium, Turkey
  77. Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey
  78. University of Pretoria Library Services, South Africa
  79. CSIR: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
  80. University College Cork, Ireland
  81. Oberlin Group of LIbraries, USA
  82. Cyprus University of Technology
  83. Washington University in St. Louis Libraries
  84. LIASA: Library and Information Association of South Africa
  85. CONUL: Consortium of National & University Libraries, Ireland
  86. Strathmore University Library, Kenya
  87. COUPERIN.ORG, France
  88. Pamukkale University Library Department, Turkey
  89. Bitlis Eren Üniversitesi, Turkey
  90. Karabuk University Library, Turkey
  91. Mevlana University, Turkey
  92. Adnan Menderes University, Turkey
  93. Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
  94. KCA University Library, Kenya
  95. Library Association of Rijeka, Croatia
  96. Iowa State University Library, USA
  98. University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, USA
  99. LITA: Library & Information Technology Association
  100. The Library of the University of Latvia
  101. Inonu University, Turkey
  102. CHELSA : Committee for higher education librarians of South Africa
  103. TRLN: Triangle Research Libraries Network, USA
    1. Duke University
    2. North Carolina Central University
    3. North Carolina State University
    4. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  104. Florida State University Libraries, USA
  105. Dept. of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  106. Library and Information Studies Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  107. Coimbra University Press, Portugal
  108. SWALA: Swaziland Library & Information Association, Swaziland
  109. TUBITAK ULAKBIM: Turkish Academic Network and Information Center
  110. UCT Libraries, South Africa
  111. Virginia Tech Libraries, USA
  112. George Washington University Libraries
  113. Metropolitan College of New York Library, USA
  114. Portal de Periódicos Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
  115. Digital Repository Federation, Japan
  116. Bibliothèque de recherche Mathématiques et Informatique de L’Université de Bordeaux, France
  117. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  118. Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, Belgium
  119. Université de Liège, Belgium
  120. Centre Spatial de Liège Université de Liège, Belgium
  121. HEC-Management School University of Liege, Belgium
  122. NAGPS: National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, USA
  123. EMDOLA: European Master in oral laser applications, Belgium
  124. Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil
  125. Bours&Associés, Belgium
  126. Centre Ginkgo, Belgium
  127. Council for Finnish University Libraries
  128. University of Tartu Library, Estonia
  129. Rice University Library, USA
  130. University of Michigan Library, USA
  131. Texas A&M University, USA
  132. Louisiana State University, USA
  133. ALAO: Academic Library Association of Ohio, USA
  134. Stony Brook University Libraries, USA
  135. Herkimer College, USA
  136. Wayne State University Libraries, USA
  137. University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  138. Temple University Libraries, USA
  139. Colorado State University Libraries, USA
  140. Ohio University, USA
  141. Morrisville State College Library, USA
  142. University of Texas Libraries, USA
  143. MIT Libraries, USA
  144. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health, USA
  145. University of Aveiro, Portugal
  146. SUNY Council of Library Directors, USA
  147. IDS Project, USA
  148. Karisma Foundation, Colombia
  149. Thomas Jefferson University, USA
  150. Fredonia, the State University of New York, USA
  151. Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, USA
  152. Skidmore College, USA
  153. Evans Library, Florida Institute of Technology, USA
  154. Universitätsbibliothek Kaiserslautern, Germany
  155. Portal de Periódicos UFSC, Brazil
  156. Ontario Council of University Libraries, Canada
  157. Belgian Science Policy Office
  158. University of Pittsburgh, USA
  159. University of Iowa Libraries, USA
  160. Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium
  161. Belgian Scientific Institute of Public Health
  162. PLOS: Public Library of Science
  163. Centro Brasileiro de Estudos de Saúde (Cebes), Brazil
  164. Librarianship Critique journal — revista Critica Bibliotecologica, Mexico
  165. Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre (KCE)
  166. Lib4RI – Library for the Research Institutes within the ETH Domain: Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL, Switzerland
  167. University of Antwerp, Library, Belgium
  168. Welch Medical Library – Johns Hopkins University, USA
  169. JULAC: Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee, Hong Kong
  170. The Danish Research Library Director’s Conference
  171. Bibliotek i Samhälle, Uppsala, Sweden
  172. RCSI: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  173. The Ohio State University Libraries, USA
  174. University of Maryland Libraries, USA
  175. University of Guelph, Canada
  176. Vanderbilt University Libraries, USA
  177. Texas Tech University Libraries, USA
  178. University of Oklahoma Libraries, USA
  179. University of South Carolina, USA
  180. Michigan State University Libraries, USA
  181. University of Minnesota Libraries, USA
  182. Penn State Univ. Library, USA
  183. Emory Libraries, USA
  184. University of Delaware Library, USA
  185. University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, USA
  186. Oklahoma State University Library, USA
  187. University of Houston Libraries, USA
  188. University at Albany Libraries, USA
  189. University of Missouri – Columbia, USA
  190. Boston College, USA
  191. Tulane University, USA
  192. University of Cincinnati, USA
  193. University of New Mexico Libraries, USA
  194. Cornell University LIbrary, USA
  195. University of Tennessee Libraries, USA
  196. University of Toronto Libraries, Canada
  197. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  198. University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  199. University of Massachusett Amherst Libraries, USA
  200. GEConseil:Géologie Environnement Conseil, France
  201. Sheridan Libraries & Museums – Johns Hopkins University, USA
  202. Friedheim Music Library – Johns Hopkins University, USA
  203. Johns Hopkins University Libraries – Johns Hopkins University, USA
  204. Dartmouth College, USA
  205. University of Miami Libraries, USA
  206. Case Western Reserve University, Kelvin Smith Library, USA
  207. Good Ancestor Foundation, USA
  208. Eliashitte Fondation pour la Recherche Biblique, Mexico
  209. Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, USA
  210. University of Hawaii at Mānoa Library Services, USA
  211. Handchirurgie Weltweit e.V., Germany
  212. Asociación Latinoamericana de Análisis Cualitativo, Argentina
  213. Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
  214. Boston University Libraries, USA
  215. University of Virginia Libraries, USA
  216. University of Illinois at Chicago Library, USA
  217. McGill University Library, Canada
  218. Mason Library, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies — Johns Hopkins University, USA
  219. University of Georgia Libraries, USA
  220. Biblioteca del Instituto de Biologia UNAM, Mexico
  221. M-Labs Limited, Hong Kong
  222. University of Kentucky LIbraries, USA
  223. University of Oregon Libraries, USA
  224. ALCTS: Association for Collections and Technical Services, USA
  225. CEAACP: Research Centre Archaeology, Arts and Heritage, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  226. Bryn Mawr College, USA
  227. Haverford College, USA
  228. University of Rochester Libraries, USA
  229. Open Knowledge Foundation
  230. Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brasil
  231. Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (University of Liège), Belgium
  232. Universitätsbibliothek der TU München, Germany
  233. CPCE Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
  234. National Laboratory for Scientific Computing – LNCC, Brasil
  235. Centre for Social Economy, University of Liege, Belgium
  236. Universidad de Granada. Biblioteca, Spain
  237. Sciences Po Library, France
  238. Bibliothèque Médiathèque de Pully, Switzerland
  239. ADBU: Association des Directeurs et des Personnels de Direction des Bibliothèques Universitaires et de la Documentation, France
  240. University of Kansas Libraries, USA
  241. REBIUN: Spanish Network of University Libraries
  242. University of Ottawa Library, Canada
  243. Dentistry Student Scientific Community, Indonesia
  244. Câmara Municipal de Vila Nova de Poiarss, Portugal
  245. LA Referencia
  246. ASES Association des Sociologues Enseignants du Supérieur, France
  247. Canadian Research Knowledge Network
  248. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, USA
  249. CNFG: Comité National Français de Géographie, France
  250. Fundación Index, Spain
  251. University of Arizona Libraries, USA
  252. University of Tehran, Digital Preservation Lab, Iran
  253. University of the Witwatersrand Libraries, South Africa
  254. University of British Columbia Library, Canada
  255. University of Minho, Portugal
  256. DEFF: Denmark’s Electronic Research Library
  257. Biblioteca de la Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  258. VU University Library, Netherlands
  259. Manipal University, India
  260. McMaster University Library, Canada
  261. Universidad de Costa Rica
  262. Consorcio Madroño, Spain
  263. Singapore Management University
  264. University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover Library, Germany
  265. Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
  266. Université de Moncton, Bibliothèque Champlain, Canada
  267. Universitätsbibliothek Osnabrück, Germany
  268. University Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  269. Universitätsbibliothek Braunschweig, Germany
  270. University of Zurich, Switzerland
  271. University at Buffalo, USA
  272. University of Bologna, Italy
  273. Council of New Zealand University Librarians
  274. Swiss Social Archives
  275. Vlaamse Vereniging voor Bibliotheek, Archief & Documentatie (VVBAD), Belgium
  276. Cancer Wallonia, Belgium
  277. Biblioteca Universitaria di Lugano, Switzerland
  278. Champalimaud Research, Portugal
  279. University of Geneva, Switzerland
  280. University of Basel, Switzerland
  281. ADBU: Association des directeurs et personnels de direction de bibliothèques universitaires et de la documentation, France
  282. OWB: Overlegorgaan wetenschappelijke bibliotheken, Belgium
  283. Universiteit Gent, Belgium
  284. Heidelberg University Library, Germany
  285. University College Dublin, Ireland

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