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Elsevier subscriptions cancelled

What this means for ICTP Library users

Elsevier subscriptions cancelled
Elsevier subscriptions cancelled


To the ICTP Scientific Community

To achieve its mission, ICTP is committed to provide, through its Library, the scientific literature necessary to support the whole ICTP scientific community of researchers, visitors and participants in the activities organized by the Centre.

Unfortunately, the constant increases of journal subscription costs over the years, along with the commercial policies of big publishers, have led to an unsustainable situation with an ever-growing part of the Library budget allocated to pay for the bundle packages of journals of big publishers.

The Director, after thorough discussions with ICTP faculty, has decided not to renew the subscription contract with the publisher Elsevier. The high costs of the contract, which expired in 2017, did not represent a good value for money and the proposed new contract did not allow the flexibility that a relatively small institute like ICTP requires to strategically distribute its budget.

What will this mean for ICTP's Library users? ICTP will keep post-termination access rights to 53 titles that it has historically subscribed to, for contents published between 1995-2017. Data on the availability are reported in the Library OPAC.

The Library is committed to minimize the impact of the Elsevier cancellation and will address requests from users through its reference service/information desk.

If you need a paper and hit a paywall, you are encouraged to either check Alternative legal full text sources or request articles using the Document Delivery service already in place.

The Library will monitor the trend of requests to measure the effects of the Elsevier cancellation on the service.

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