College News Collage: University of California vs. Elsevier

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An ongoing struggle between the University of California school system and Elsevier — the world's largest publisher of academic journals — escalated when Elsevier cut off UC's access to articles published after January 1, 2019. After their contract expired last year, UC demanded that future contracts require Elsevier to release published articles produced on UC campuses to the general public for free.

A more detailed breakdown of the conflict between UC and Elsevier comes from MacKenzie Smith, the head librarian and vice provost for digital scholarship at UC-Davis. She explores the history of academic publishing and how the internet's open-access philosophy is changing the status quo. is an advertising-supported site. Featured or trusted partner programs and all school search, finder, or match results are for schools that compensate us. This compensation does not influence our school rankings, resource guides, or other editorially-independent information published on this site.

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