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The contract between academic publisher Elsevier and UK Universities is due for renewal in December 2021

Provisional timescales for negotiations and contract renewal (please note that these are subject to change)

  • March 2021 Jisc, a sector wide consortium begins negotiations on behalf of UK universities.
  • April 2021 Cambridge University Libraries, working with the Journal Coordination Scheme and Open Research Steering Committee begins collecting information to support decision making. 
  • May 2021 First proposal from Elsevier was rejected by Jisc for being too far from sector requirements.
  • June-July 2021 Additional information made available online and via email.
  • September-December 2021 Events, briefings and consultation taking place across Cambridge.
  • December 2021-January 2022 Final proposal from Elsevier and decision made on whether this is acceptable.
  • January 2022 onwards Continued access or alternative access plans in place.


This video, produced by Jisc, highlights the key issues.