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The collective ambition of UK Universities is to negotiate a Read-and-Publish deal with Elsevier that meets the sector’s requirements on costs and open access.

However, as negotiations continue, institutions are positioning themselves to ensure that we have realistic solutions both for publishing open access and for alternative access to content if the decision is to not sign an agreement. This alternative solution is known in the UK University sector as 'Plan B'. Importantly, this Plan B does not just apply to Elsevier but would come into play in the event of opting out of deals with other big commercial publishers in future negotiations.

At Cambridge we are doing our best to engage our research communities with the Elsevier negotiation so that any decisions around the deal and potential implementation of Plan B will only take place following communication and engagement with research-active members of the University.