The University of Illinois System Announces Open Publishing Agreement with Elsevier

The University of Illinois System is pleased to announce an open publishing agreement with Elsevier, a global leader in research and education. The five-year agreement, which will be effective as of January 1, 2024, grants the three universities access to publish and read in Elsevier’s core-hybrid journal portfolio, as well as a 15% discount on publishing costs for Elsevier’s Gold Open Access portfolio. 

Under this new agreement, lead authors at all of the University of Illinois’ campuses will be able to publish their articles as open access, ensuring that their research will be immediately open and available to the public and that they will retain rights in their own work. Core-hybrid article publications are free of charge, eliminating the need for authors to pay publication fees. 

The agreement’s first two years provide a bridge to a fully open access model with coverage for 80% and 90% of anticipated publishing in Elsevier’s core-hybrid titles for each year. By 2026, 100% of projected core-hybrid OA publication is expected to be covered, and in the subsequent years, coverage for up to 114% of projected publishing is included. This agreement positions the University of Illinois and Elsevier to transition Illinois’ scholarly publishing environment and enhance the reach of Illinois’ scholars.  

“This agreement removes a significant barrier to open access publishing for our researchers,” said Thomas Teper, Associate Dean for Collections and Technical Services. “Moreover, it opens venues for open access publishing to disciplines lacking the supplemental resources to pay directly for such access, giving a broader reach to academics from across the institution.” 

The University of Illinois System includes the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Illinois at Springfield, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  

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