Sweden’s research libraries have, through the national consortium Bibsam, terminated its agreement with Elsevier as of 1st of July. The reason why is that the parties could not agree on a reasonable price model and a sustainable solution for a transition towards open science.

According to Stockholm University, the transition to open science is slow and the publishing in hybrid journals, where you publish separate articles Open Access in an otherwise subscription-based journal, does not urge the development quickly enough.

Stockholm University will therefore use the money deposited on the terminated agreement to support those of the university's researchers who want to get published in full Open Access journals. According to the university, publishing in full Open Access journals with all publishers help to urge the development towards a sustainable transition to open science.

If you as a researcher at Stockholm University wish to have your APC for your accepted article in a full Open Access journal paid for centrally, please contact the library:openaccess@su.se

Please note that you must not pay any invoices/APC:s before checking with the library if your APC can be paid for by the library instead.

More information on discounts and prepaid article processing charges: Discounts and prepaid article processing charges

Press release:
President Astrid Söderbergh Widding: "A democracy issue that research results can be disseminated openly"

More information on the cancelled agreement with Elsevier:

How to get articles from Elsevier after June 30th
President Astrid Söderbergh Widding: ”Termination of the Elsevier agreement”
Bibsam: "Sweden stands up for open access – cancels agreement with Elsevier"
Bibsam: Q&A about the cancellation of the agreement with Elsevier