Sweden makes a stand for open access – terminates Elsevier agreement

In order to stop rising price increases and to support open access publishing, the national e-journal agreement with Elsevier has been terminated. The decision has also been made because the publisher has not been able to present a model that meets the demands of the Bibsam Consortium. The decision has been made on a national level and with the support of vice-chancellors at Swedish universities and colleges.

What does this mean for KI researchers and students?

If the termination will take effect, this will mean that Karolinska Institutet and all other Swedish universities and colleges will no longer have access to fulltext articles published as of 1 July 2018. This applies to all 2100 e-journals in the national Elsevier agreement, amongst others Lancet and Cell Press. We will still have access to all articles published between 1 January 1995 and 30 June 2018, as stipulated in our current license agreement.

Can I, as a researcher, continue to publish, act as an editor and review scientific articles in Elsevier's journals?

Yes, there is no requirement that Swedish researchers refrain from publishing articles and working editorially in Elsevier's journals. Read more at Bibsams Q&A (in Swedish only)

Support efforts

The University Library is working with different types of support efforts so that this will affect the Karolinska Institute research and education as little as possible. Information will be updated continuously.

President Ole Petter Ottersen blog post about the cancellation of Elsevier

Press release in English

The agreement concerns approximately 2100 journals, of which these 20 are the most widely used at KI

  • Cell
  • The Lancet
  • Cell Reports
  • Neuron
  • Cell Metabolism
  • Molecular Cell
  • Immunity
  • Cell Stem Cell
  • Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
  • Cancer Cell
  • Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
  • Current Biology
  • Social Science & Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • NeuroImage
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology
  • Journal of Affective Disorders
  • International Journal of Nursing Studies
  • The Lancet Neurology
  • The Lancet Oncology

If you have any questions, please contact the Library Director

Library Director

Annikki Roos

08-524 84 100