Elsevier facts for kids
Scopus is Elsevier’s abstract and citation database launched in 2004. It gives four types of quality measure for each title; those are h-Index, CiteScore, SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper).
The French Couperin consortium agreed in 2019 to a 4-year contract with Elsevier. This agreement was made despite criticism from the scientific community.
Almost no academic institution in Germany is subscribed to Elsevier.
CRUI (an association of universities in Italy) sealed a 5-year-long deal for 2018–2022. This decision was made despite protests from the scientific community.
In 2016, CONCERT (an association of universities in Taiwan) announced it would not renew its contract with Elsevier.
Lobbying efforts against open access
Elsevier have been known to be involved in lobbying against open access. These have included the likes of:
- Federal Research Public Access Act
- Research Works Act
- Horizon 2020
- Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
In 2015, Elsevier filed a lawsuit against the sites Sci-Hub and Library Genesis. They were making copyright-protected articles available for free. Elsevier also claimed illegal access to institutional accounts.
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