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Journals published by Elsevier are among the most read and published-in at the University of Cambridge but are also consistently the most paywalled of all publications, and the most expensive in which to publish.

These are the findings of the Data Analysis Working Group at Cambridge University Libraries, which is seeking to understand how researchers at Cambridge use Elsevier publications.

This analysis informs the University's involvement in the ongoing negotiations between UK Universities and academic publisher Elsevier - the aim: to agree a ‘read and publish’ agreement which enables members of UK Universities to both publish in and access Elsevier publications at a sustainable cost, whilst meeting the requirements of funders to make research openly available.

Current members of the University of Cambridge with a Raven password can now explore data visualisations describing the relationship between Elsevier and the University of Cambridge compared to other publishers – discover how much we read, how much we publish and cite, and what we pay.

To learn more about why these negotiations are critical for research-active members of the University of Cambridge:

We are keen to hear your views to ensure the University’s contribution to the negotiations is rooted in the interests of researchers at all levels, across all disciplines and roles. Contribute your voice through this form or write to us at