Scholarly Publishing, Freedom of Information and Academic Self-Determination: The UNAM-Elsevier Case

Priego, Ernesto and McKiernan, Erin and Posada, Alejandro and Hartley, Ricardo and Rodrí­guez-ortega, Nuria and Fiormonte, Domenico and Gil, Alex and Logan, Corina and Alperin, Juan Pablo and Mounce, Ross and Eglen, Stephen and Trigueros, Ernesto Miranda and Lawson, Stuart and Gatto, Laurent and Ramos, Adela and Pérez, Natalia Scholarly Publishing, Freedom of Information and Academic Self-Determination: The UNAM-Elsevier Case., 2017 [Preprint]


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On February 1, 2015, the global information and analytics corporation Elsevier and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) established the agreement UNAM-Elsevier contract DGAJ-DPI-39-081114- 241, which saw the transfer from UNAM to Elsevier for the “production and hosting, advertising and support” of 44 Mexican open access academic journals published by UNAM. This article documents said contract and describes a Freedom of Information Request enquiring the total cost of the contract and its corresponding response. It also shares a series of considerations that, based on this case, can be helpful to other institutions that may face similar circumstances in the future. We conclude scholarly publishing and academic self-determination are interdependent and a crucial point of future debate for the future of University presses and Open Access worldwide.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: open access; scholarly publishing; transparency; freedom of information; scholarly commons; Elsevier; UNAM Mexico
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues.
E. Publishing and legal issues. > ED. Intellectual property: author's rights, ownership, copyright, copyleft, open access.
G. Industry, profession and education. > GD. Organizations.
Depositing user: Dr Ernesto Priego
Date deposited: 01 Dec 2017 23:05
Last modified: 04 Dec 2017 18:00


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