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Letter from UCLA Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian Virginia Steel and UCLA Libraries and Academic Senate Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication Representative Derjung Mimi Tarn

February 4, 2020

Dear UCLA Students and Faculty,

The UCLA Libraries and Academic Senate Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) are co-sponsoring a three-minute poll to gauge the impact of loss of immediate access to current Elsevier content via ScienceDirect on the UC community. We very much want to hear from you, even if you feel you are not affected by the Elsevier situation. All questions are optional, no personally identifiable information is required, and your answers will be used to help the Library improve services. The poll closes February 29, 2020. Please click the link to take the poll.

In early 2019, UC broke off its negotiations with Elsevier when the scholarly journal publisher indicated that it was unwilling to meet UC's goals of cost containment and open access publishing of UC research (more details). Elsevier discontinued access to its 2019 journal content through the ScienceDirect platform on July 10, 2019, and since then the UC Libraries have been providing a range of options for access.

The UCLA Library is committed to supporting all faculty, researchers and students in getting the articles they need as we continue to work toward a negotiated solution with Elsevier that meets UC's goals.

If you have questions about any of these open access publishing agreements or negotiations, please don't hesitate to reach out to Ginny Steel, here, or Mimi Tarn, here.

We thank you for your participation in this important poll.

Sincerely yours,

Virginia Steel

UCLA Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian

ginnysteel@library.ucla.edu

 

Derjung Mimi Tarn, M.D., PhD.

UCOLASC Representative

Chair, UCLA Committee on Library & Scholarly Communications

DTarn@mednet.ucla.edu