Elsevier Negotiations Background

Description of the Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA) and the upcoming Elsevier negotiations.

Scenario 1: An Agreement is Reached by 12/31/21

TLCUA reaching an agreement with Elsevier for a new state-wide contract will mean UTSA will maintain some form of access to the Elsevier content included in the negotiations. The exact details of the new contract and its impact will be known closer to the deadline of 12/31/2021.

A new agreement with Elsevier will generally mean:

  • Immediate cost reductions
  • Ongoing cost controls
  • Improved faculty ownership of scholarly work
  • Distinct readership and citation advantages of open scholarship
  • Potential for digital approach to collaborative collection development across TLCUA institutions

The TLCUA will have an influential role in transforming scholarly communications nationally and globally.

Scenario 2: An Agreement is NOT Reached by 12/31/2021

Access to 2022 articles on ScienceDirect, and some older articles, removed by Elsevier.

Our goal is a successful agreement, not withdrawal. But, if an agreement is not reached:

  • No impact on publication choice for authors, editors and reviewers
  • Continued access to library-purchased "Backfiles" of subscribed content 
  • Use of saved money to enhance inter-library loan and document delivery services
  • TLCUA will seek to continue negotiations in 2022 and to reach an eventual agreement.

If an agreement is not reached, it is a potential loss of convenience to the content, not loss of access. UTSA Libraries will continue to deliver Elsevier content using our Get It For Me service and other legal forms of access.