Life Without a Journal Deal




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What is it like to work at a library where the largest journal subscription deal was terminated? How do the researchers really feel about it? And what solutions are recommended?

In this episode, we explore what Swedish librarians and researchers experienced during the time period when they didn’t have a journal deal with Elsevier (from 2018-2020). Did they manage? Did they save money? And did the researchers from the institution really voice their concerns? Our guest is Cecilie Heyman Widmark, she is a librarian working with Open Access, Media and Publishing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

The host of this episode is Erik Lieungh.

Author Biographies

Cecilie Heyman Widmark, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Cecilie Heyman Widmark is a librarian working with Open Access, Media an Publishing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Along with Göran Hamrin she attended the 14th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing with the presentation No deal! Sweden cancelled agreement with Elsevier to stand up for Open Science.

Erik Lieungh, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Erik Lieungh is a digital adviser at the University Library and the host and editor of Open Science Talk.



How to Cite

Widmark, C. H., & Lieungh, E. (2020). Life Without a Journal Deal. Open Science Talk, (30).