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Finnish research organisations use millions of euros each year to provide online access to scholarly journals. Many of these big journal deals are currently under re-negotiations. The negotiations are coordinated by FinELib consortium. The aim of these web pages is to keep you informed about the ongoing license negotiations on scholarly publications.


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What do we aim at?

  • Making ends meet – affordable prices 
    • The cost of access to scholarly journals has been rising steeply for the past few years. At the same time the budgets of Finnish universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutes have been staying flat and even diminishing. Now more urgently than ever we need to make the publishers understand the situation and agree on affordable prices. This is the only way to ensure that Finnish researchers, teachers and students continue to have access to important scholarly journals.
    • Finnish research organisations paid 27 M euros for e-journals in 2015. Budgets can no longer support the increasing expenditure, which is why it is important to find an affordable solution.
  • Open Access – the time for change is now
    • Open access gives maximum visibility to research: everyone interested can read the articles published as open access. In addition to the researcher, this also benefits the society as a whole. In future all scholarly publications should be open and available to everybody. At the moment we are in a period of transition, where it is important to develop new models of open access together with the scholarly community, and to demand that publishers make an active move towards open access.
    • The ongoing negotiations try to speed up the transition to open access by getting Finnish researchers the right to publish open access in as many high quality scholarly journals as possible without extra charge. The goal meets the requirements of the Finnish government and EU: all publicly funded research should be open to everyone. In this transition to open access it is essential to make sure that the new models of publishing are sustainable for the scholarly community.


Journal collections under negotiations:

In these negotiations open access is on high priority in 2017:

Name of the e-resourceWho has access currently?
Elsevier: Science Direct Freedom CollectionList of subscribing organizations
Wiley-BlackwellList of subscribing organizations
American Chemical Society (ACS)List of subscribing organizations

List of subscribing organizations (Springer)

List of subscribing organizations (Nature)

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) Total Access CollectionList of subscribing organizations

FinELib is also negotiating on many other deals (e.g. Emerald etc.) and in all of those open access and ways to promote it are discussed. You can also see the full list of e-resources available through FinELib.

Current agreements with an Open Access element:

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