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Elsevier Negotiations Update

The University of California has been out of contract with Elsevier since January. UC ended negotiations for a new journal subscription contract on February 28, with the support of the systemwide Academic Senate. The publisher continued to allow access to new articles via ScienceDirect for several months; however, UC's direct access to 2019 Elsevier articles (and older articles in some journals) is now being discontinued. (Note: the process for discontinuing access is complex, so access may vary by journal and/or campus until Elsevier's rollout of the changes is complete.)

See below for details about impacts on access to specific journal titles:

Alternative Article Access at UCSC

  1. Get the articles you need through Interlibrary Loan. 
    • Our ILL staff is available and happy to assist you Monday-Friday 9am to 4pm. 
    • Visit the How to Request page to get started.
  2. Find an open access copy. 
    • Some authors may have already made articles available/open access(OA). Check to see if the article you’re seeking is already online and free of charge by searching its title in Google or Google Scholar
    • Plug-ins: There are several browser extensions or plug-ins you can install that will search for open access versions of articles.
      • Unpaywall: Directly search Unpaywall’s database of millions of open access articles by entering the DOI for an article, or install the Chrome/Firefox browser extension, which will point you to any open access versions of paywalled articles you come across online. Unpaywall is also integrated into UC e-Links.
      • Open Access Button (OA Button): From the OA Button’s website, you can enter an article’s URL, DOI, title, or other information to check for free and legal open access versions. The OA Button also offers Chrome and Firefox extensions. Once installed, these extensions will automatically search for an open access copy. When an open access copy is not found, the OA Button can contact the author directly.
    • Online repositories: There are a number of very large online repositories into which authors have deposited (or self-archived) copies of their articles. Note that some of these repositories contain pre-prints (the author’s version before peer review).
  3. Request it from the author: 
    • Most publishers allow responsible sharing of your own publications. One way to get an article is to contact an author and ask for a PDF of a reprint. The author’s name and institution (if available) are usually shown on the preview page of the article. Some authors are open to receiving requests for articles via social networking sites where researchers share their work, such as Academia.eduResearchGateMendeley, and HumanitiesCommons.
    • Alternatively, you can make a request to the author via Twitter using the hashtag #icanhazpdf with a link to the publication you need.
  4. Contact your librarian at for additional assistance.

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