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Read & Publish-agreement with Elsevier 2024–2028


On 10 June 2024, swissuniversities, the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities, concluded a comprehensive Open Access agreement with Elsevier on behalf of the Swiss universities. The new agreement allows the researchers at the participating institutions to publish Open Access without restrictions in over 2’500 Elsevier journals. The agreement also guarantees reading access to the entire Elsevier journal portfolio.

The Read & Publish agreement with the term from 2024-2028 replaces the previous agreement, which expired at the end of 2023 and applies retroactively from 1 January 2024. It guarantees a full reading access to members of University of Zurich and the affiliated university hospitals to Elsevier's entire journal portfolio. In addition, researchers will have the option to publish, without restriction, Open Access in over 2’500 Elsevier journals, including the «Cell Press» and «The «Lancet» journal series, which are new included in the agreement.

The agreement now explicitly regulates the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in connection with licensed content. It guarantees members of the participating institutions and the greatest possible liberty in the use of AI tools for the analysis of Elsevier publications for research, teaching and innovation purposes.

The negotiations with Elsevier took place as part of the second round of «Big Deal negotiations». Negotiations on Open Access with the major scientific publishers are an important part of the Swiss Open Access strategy, which aims to ensure that publicly funded research results are made directly accessible to all free of charge. Further information on the agreement with Elsevier and the aims of the negotiation mandate can be found on the swissuniversities website.

The general conditions for Open Access publication in Elsevier journals and the other offers for funding Open Access publication fees can be found on the University Library website under Support for APCs.

Please contact our Open Science Services team at if you have any questions.