Libraries_Network-01From CSU Libraries Network

We are pleased to announce that the California State University has finalized a two-year ScienceDirect contract with Elsevier. In this impactful move, the CSU libraries have agreed to a Read and Publish-Plus Agreement with substantial savings, additional content, and a vision that moves the CSUs and Elsevier towards a new model of academic publishing.

This agreement offers excellent content for a fair price, purposefully equalizes access across all 23 campuses, and sets the stage for the CSU faculty to more fully engage in Open Access publishing in ways that make sense for them and their fields of research.


The CSU Libraries and Elsevier have come to an agreement that the renewal costs will increase 1.5% for both 2020 and 2021. The final percentages will be lower in light of a subscription rebalancing reduction. In time, the full contract can be found at CALUSOURCE, where all California public higher education systems contracts are posted.

CONTENT: Increased access & equity of access

Contract Features increased access:

  • Access to the Complete Collection and Cell Press Collection, our previous standard holdings and Access to the CSU Access Collection (formerly Gratis List) at no additional cost
  • New Access to the Freedom Collection at no additional cost


CSU Authors choice is the standard, and for those who wish to go Open Access:

  • All Author Publishing Charges (APCs) will be waived in both 2020 and 2021 for CSU corresponding authors. This option is unlimited and doesn’t impact publishing decisions.


California State Universities and University of California Collaboration

The California State University and the University of California are building a partnership in line with the Master Plan that affirms the values of both institutions in providing our communities and taxpayers with unfettered access to our academic output. Combined, we are the largest academic system in the U.S. and possibly the world. In the future and when possible, the priorities of affordable access to information and open access will be approached as a state-wide endeavor and may include partnerships with the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), who represents nearly all private academic institutions in California, and other California institutions as well.”

For more complete information: CSU Elsevier Press Release Full