Cancellation of contract with the publisher Elsevier

29 maj 2018

After 20 years, the Swedish research libraries, including Uppsala University Library, are cancelling their journal contract through Bibsam Consortium with the academic publisher Elsevier. The contract will terminate as of 30 June 2018.

To reach the government’s goal for immediate open access by 2026 and implement the necessary transition from a subscription-based to an openly available publishing system, the Bibsam Consortium requires the following:

  • immediate open access to all articles published in Elsevier’s journals by researchers affiliated with the consortium’s participating organisations
  • the right of participating organisations to read Elsevier’s 1,900 journals
  • a sustainable pricing model that allows for the transition to open access

Access to articles

Researchers from the participating organisations will continue to have access to articles published between January 1995 and June 2018 under the terms of the current contract, but Elsevier will not provide access to subscription content published after 30 June 2018. Suggestions for alternative ways to access articles can be found here.


Frequently asked questions from Bibsam

Frequently asked questions for users.


Contact person at the University Library

Responses to questions are provided by Gunilla Sundström, Head of the Subject Library Division.


Press release from the National Library of Sweden.