Germany’s Projekt DEAL just put out a list of individual institutions, research centers, and research libraries who (as best the Loon can tell via Google Translate) have declined to sign individual contracts with Elsevier extending their access to its journal stable past 2017. (If the Loon has misunderstood, do please correct her in the comments.)
The Loon is not sure how much of Germany’s higher-education and research establishment this list represents. It certainly looks quite impressive, doubtless part of the point: any on-the-fence German Elsevier subscriber now has peer pressure pushing toward the no-more-Elsevier side.
After last week’s gloom-and-doom about Elsevier’s BePress acquisition, perhaps a ray of hope? Germany seems roughly as likely to sign on with an Elsevier vertical as the Loon is to advise doing so. Elsevier’s reputation for trustworthiness in Germany is being quite comprehensively demolished. Whatever Germany decides on or develops as alternatives may well prove exemplary to the rest of us… and should prevent the Elsevier monopoly some seem to fear.
If it needs saying—perhaps it does not?—the Loon is lost in admiration for Germany’s strategists and on-the-ground strategy implementors here. They haven’t bobbled once, and they simply refuse to ride the fence as Finland is doing. May they inspire many imitators.
- What was BePress?
- Pseudonymy and erasure