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Alan Barreca quoted in The Daily Bruin: UC’s termination of Elsevier contract has had limited negative impact

The UC’s contract with the publisher Elsevier, which owns over 2,960 journals, expired Jan. 1, 2019, after contract negotiations stalled. Elsevier terminated the UC’s access to recent articles published in its online repository ScienceDirect in July, but the UC still retains access to all Elsevier articles published before 2019.

“(The) UC, like many universities, is financed by public money through taxes,” said Barreca, an associate professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, in an email. “We are morally obliged to provide the public with our research free of charge.”