In consultation with the President’s Office of Leibniz Universität Hannover, the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – German National Library of Science and Technology had terminated the campus licence for the university for online journals issued by the publisher Elsevier with effect from 31 December 2016. The reason was that the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), commissioned by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany, was holding talks with the scientific publisher Elsevier about so-called federal licences within the DEAL project. However, the negotiations, which started in 2016, have not yet led to an agreement being reached. In a bid to press their concerns in further negotiations, numerous institutions in Germany had terminated their subscriptions to journals issued by the publisher Elsevier with effect from the end of 2016, with other establishments following suit one year later.
A new meeting for negotiations with Elsevier was held on 3 July 2018. It was hoped that the meeting would lead to an agreement being made in principle on the financial framework and the scope of a future DEAL agreement from mid-2019. Unfortunately, however, it turned out that Elsevier is still not prepared to offer a financially sustainable scope of services suitable for the science sector under the principles of Open Access. Owing to the publisher’s continued excessive demands, the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany saw no other option than to suspend negotiations on the DEAL project.
Given the ongoing negotiations, Elsevier had, until recently, refrained from blocking access for establishments that had terminated their licence agreements, offering them continued access to its electronic journals with no agreement in place. Now that negotiations have been suspended, access to these journals by the Leibniz Universität Hannover campus network has now been blocked.
For more information about the negotiations with Elsevier, go to the HRK press release.
Back-up supply for members of Leibniz Universität Hannover
Archived volumes of licensed journals up until the end of 2016 are still available online. In addition, owing to its remit to supply users beyond the region, TIB will continue to subscribe to many printed Elsevier journals from the realms of science and technology. The library is therefore able to offer members of Leibniz Universität Hannover (employees and students) articles from print journals via its in-house photocopy delivery service as a back-up supply. No fee will be charged for the delivery of photocopies of articles from Elsevier journals from Volume 2017. The same applies for articles from current Elsevier journals that we can procure for you via interlibrary loan or Subito Library Service. To do this, please call us on +49 511 762 2268 or send an email to the Central Information Desk using information@tibeu.
Moreover, users can also receive articles from more than 250 Elsevier journals via DeepDyve. This service provider offers limited access to the articles provided at a monthly flat-rate.
Freely available journal articles (Open Access)
Freely available versions of many articles are accessible via repositories or preprint servers. To search for such articles, users can use platforms such as the one operated by Bielefeld University Library – BASE – one of the most voluminous search engines for academic documents on the web.
Data from arXiv and BASE, among others, is integrated into the TIB Portal. If a freely accessible alternative is available instead of the fee-based version of an article, a button is displayed offering access to it.
The gratuitous browser add-on Unpaywall (available for Firefox and Chrome) displays an icon to instantaneously show whether a freely available version of an article has been found, which can then be accessed with a single click.
In addition, many authors post their articles on their websites.
TIB staff will be happy to assist if you have any questions concerning alternative provision services.