|Agreement labeling||Elsevier Transformative Agreement|
|Has the agreement been disclosed and published?||No|
|URL||(Memorandum of Understanding)
|Agreement period||04/01/2021 – 03/31/2025|
|Consortia / Institution||California Digital Library (University of California)|
Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications
|Comments on size/article output||Agreement includes about 4500 articles to start, with the remaining in Cell Press and The Lancet to be included no later than year 3|
How do the costs of the agreement relate to previous subscription-only agreements with the publisher?
|Agreement costs within the range of the previous spending level|
|Comments on cost development||The agreement includes mechanisms for cost control which restrict the growth of UC expenditures due to fluctuations in publishing volume|
Transfomative agreements vary by their transformative mechanisms, meaning the way in which financing is shifted from the subscription side to open access publishing. What are the characteristics of this agreement to this regard?
|Subscriptions fully converted to OA publishing fees (access related costs 5% or less)|
How do entitlements for open access publishing correlate to the anticipated article output? Which mechanisms for risk sharing have been agreed in cases of exceeding or not reaching the number of OA publishing entitlements?
|There is a maximum total spend set for publishing the same amount of articles as the year prior to the contract. If fees are above the maximum they are deferred to the end of the agreement and only paid if library cost reductions are achieved. Additionally, if publishing volume is significantly below the expected volume, the library makes a reconciliation payment.
Fees paid for publication above the number of articles from the year prior to the agreement are very strictly limited depending on expected publication volume growth and targets for other parameters within the agreement.
Are all journals relevant to your affiliated authors (in which you expect them to publish) eligible for OA publishing under the agreement?
|Are fully open access journals covered by the agreement?||Yes|
|OA LICENSE||CC-BY preference, exceptions allowed|
||Original research articles
What is the approximate share of access related costs of the overall agreement?
|Comments on access costs||Primarily for review titles and a small number of ongoing subscriptions|
Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?
|PERPETUAL ACCESS RIGHTS||No|
|Comments on workflows||The agreement is implemented using the multi-payer model, which provides a mechanism to combine funding from the libraries with authors’ grant funds, if the author so chooses. Elsevier has developed this capability into their post-acceptance workflow system.|
|OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS||For overall assessment and comments, please see our UC and Elsevier page at:
|Request contact to the licensee||contact [at] esac-initiative [dot] org|