[open-science] FOI requests on journal access costs (Finland)

Jenny Molloy jcmcoppice12 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 23 13:37:15 UTC 2014

Thanks very much for this Leo, it's really helpful to hear how this is
working in various countries and for those who have been through the
process to offer advice to others.

Good luck and it will be interesting to see the results!


On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM, Leo Lahti <leo.lahti at iki.fi> wrote:

> Hi open science list,
> Interesting news from France and The Netherlands indeed !
> In Finland we have an ongoing FOI request process with Finnish
> universities. They declined our request for information on licensing fees
> paid to Elsevier and other publishers, and we have appealed to court. The
> arguments seem to be on our side however the results are yet to be seen.
> Preliminary information of the process is available in Finnish at
> https://github.com/okffi-science/2014-tietopyynto-lisenssimaksut we are
> planning to blog more on this later.
> I also heard rumours that Finland recently had similar negotiations with
> Elsevier than France but no more information on this.
> Leo
> Message: 2
>> Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:49:38 +0100
>> From: Rayna <rayna.st at gmail.com>
>> To: open-science <open-science at lists.okfn.org>,
>>         "open-access at lists.okfn.org" <open-access at lists.okfn.org>
>> Subject: [open-science] Yesterday,      we leaked the French agreement
>> with
>>         Elsevier
>> Message-ID:
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>> CANACerFgpgOCqf8m+xBfOpfXhtnx-2rfi9SefF8JUDB7eVCO-w at mail.gmail.com>
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>> Hi everyone,
>> Just a short message to highlight a piece we wrote with Pierre-Carl
>> Langlais (@Dorialexander). It was published in a prominent online
>> publication yesterday, in French and was aimed to release the recently
>> concluded agreement between the French Ministry of Research and Elsevier.
>> With precious help from Jenny and Katelyn, the piece is now available in
>> English on the main OKF blog:
>> http://blog.okfn.org/2014/11/11/france-prefers-to-pay-twice-for-papers-by-its-researchers/
>> Such secret contracts are what hinders any meaningful incentive to an Open
>> Access policy. This is the first installment in a series of materials we
>> will be running in the coming weeks, aiming to achieve greater
>> transparency
>> (and later on, to conquer the world ;) ).
>> Comments, insights, ideas, tweets, etc. greatly appreciated,
>> Rayna
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