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Carnegie Mellon University and Elsevier Reach Transformative Deal 
 
Pittsburgh, PA (November 21, 2019) – Carnegie Mellon University and Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health, announced today they have reached a transformative agreement that prioritizes free and public access to the university’s research. Under the terms of the agreement, which is the first of its kind between Elsevier and a university in the United States, Carnegie Mellon scholars will have access to all Elsevier academic journals. Additionally, all articles with a corresponding CMU author published in Elsevier journals after January 1, 2020, will have the option to be published open access. 
 
“Carnegie Mellon is committed to ensuring that our publicly funded research is accessible to the world,” said Provost James H. Garrett, Jr. “Moving our research to an open-access platform is an important step to knowledge sharing and helps pave a path forward for our colleagues across academia.”

Alongside this publishing partnership, CMU and Elsevier will collaborate on strategic scientific research projects that reflect both organizations’ unique capabilities. 
 
“Elsevier is committed to open access and is thrilled to have concluded our first transformative agreement in North America,” said Elsevier’s Executive Vice President Gino Ussi. “This agreement reflects the truly collaborative and flexible way we have worked together with CMU to understand their needs and come to a mutually beneficial agreement.”

“This transformative deal is an important milestone in the university’s continued support for open access that marks a necessary evolution to support the changing needs of researchers,” said Dean of University Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives Keith Webster. “As the first university to pilot this new model for academic publishing with Elsevier, we aim to prove its viability for other institutions.” 
 
The University Libraries will be providing information to the Carnegie Mellon community to help scholars navigate this agreement and its impact on their work.