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Elsevier negotiations – Library Town Hall meetings

(1 July 2021)

Negotiations for a new agreement between UK Universities and the publisher Elsevier commenced in March 2021, led by the sector and facilitated by JiscIn these negotiations, universities on behalf of their researchers and students have two main objectives - to reduce costs to sustainable levels and to provide full and immediate open access to UK research. 

The first round of negotiations is currently underway, with the Library working closely with Jisc and the wider University to support this process for the best possible outcome. We will be holding several Town Hall meetings, open to all Durham University members to attend to find out more about the negotiations and the benefits of a successful negotiation outcome.  

The dates of the meetings are: 

  • Monday 12 July - 10.30am-11.30am 
  • Thursday 15 July - 2pm-3pm 
  • Tuesday 20 July - 2pm-3pm 
  • Wednesday 21 July - 11am-12pm 

To book to attend any of these dates, please complete our booking form and hold the date in your diary. A link to the session will be sent out closer to the time. Please note, you only need to attend one meeting. 

Before you attend, please also take the time to watch the short Jisc and Elsevier negotiations video for more information on Jisc’s approach to negotiating open access agreements on behalf of the UK research community. You can also find out more on our Elsevier Subscription Negotiations overview. 

If you have any queries, please contact us by emailing