“Last week, Norway signed a landmark open access agreement with Elsevier, the world’s largest scientific publisher. It came barely a month after the country cancelled its subscription contract: a step that several other countries and organisations had already taken.
In early 2017, a consortium of about 700 German universities and research organisations cut ties with Elsevier because the publisher would not agree to what would have been a transformative open access deal. In spring 2018, Swedish universities followed. And in December, Hungary and the powerful Max Planck Society took their stand.
We at the University of California also ended our Elsevier subscription in December and terminated negotiations in February.
We are not small customers. The California contract reached nearly $11 million (£8.5 million) in 2018, and the German contract was considerably larger….”