German universities to let Elsevier contracts lapse | Books+Publishing
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"In Germany, 13 additional universities have announced they will not renew their subscriptions with Dutch publishing company Elsevier once they end in December, joining around 60 other institutions that allowed their contracts to lapse last year, reports the Scientist.
The decision to cancel subscriptions has been made to put pressure on Elsevier during ongoing negotiations for a new nationwide licensing agreement. An alliance of German institutions called Project Deal has been working on a new nationwide licensing agreement with Elsevier, as well as two other major scientific publishers, Springer Nature and Wiley, since 2016. Humboldt library director Andreas Degkwitz said the three publishers cover up to 50-60% of German libraries’ budgets, with Elsevier the biggest of the three."