In December 2019, the Baylor Libraries joined a coalition of 43 research universities throughout Texas to negotiate with Elsevier, a for-profit publishing company whose mission is to help researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. The Coalition is the largest, voluntary group of higher education institutions ever established in Texas.
Together, the Coalition libraries currently spend more than $26,000,000 per year to access journals through Elsevier. Year after year, Elsevier increases the cost of their subscriptions by a minimum of 5%. The Coalition hopes to use its collective bargaining power to reduce costs and create a more sustainable model moving forward while maintaining access to materials that support faculty and student research.
As of January 2021, negotiations continue but Baylor's contract expired on 12/31/2020. Elsevier has extended Baylor's access to Elsevier journals while negotiations continue. If negotiations fail and the Coalition walks away, the Baylor Libraries will continue to provide access to Elsevier content either through our legacy subscriptions (roughly 1997 - 2020) or by obtaining articles through the OsoFast interlibrary loan service.
The Baylor Libraries will communicate with faculty and students if our access to Elsevier content changes, either through a revised agreement or failed negotiations. For more information, please visit researchguides.baylor.edu/elsevier.