Harvard and MIT post changes in Elsevier holdings


On February 5th, The Harvard Gazette reported that it is reducing its Elsevier titles from "131 titles to about 35." Similarly, MIT Libraries posted a notice in January that they were changing their Elsevier and Wiley contracts.Both of these articles emphasise issues of corporate control (specifically bundling) of scholarly publishing in addition to the institutional choices each made based on their individual university budgetary concerns, space, and duplication issues.


Re the Harvard story, it's worth noting that the numbers in the summary here are for the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS), not Harvard University as a whole.

You are absolutely right - thank you for your comment. (I am more familiar with the MIT library system than Harvard's since I can actually use the collections at MIT.)

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