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Taiwan Tech Library will stop subscribing to the Elsevier ScienceDirect Journals in 2017.
發佈日期 : 2016-12-09
Dear readers, December 9, 2016 Taiwan Tech Library will stop subscribing to the Elsevier ScienceDirect Journals in 2017 if the Elsevier can not provide reasonable fees for Taiwan. The prices of the Elsevier ScienceDirect Journals in Taiwan market have not been reasonable for a very long time. The fluctuations of prices in the Elsevier ScienceDirect journals are 8% to 10% each year. For instance, in 2016 our university paid about 6.5 million NT dollars to buy the Elsevier ScienceDirect Journals, which accounted for 21.7% of the total cost for our electronic resources. It has indeed affected all of us. Thus, we have not had enough budget to buy other resources, leaving us no choice but to stop subscribing to journals, such as, ASTM, IEK, MIC, ICONDA, and Mag V, etc. in recent years. Starting the end of June this year in 2016, the CONCERT (Consortium on Core Electronic Resources in Taiwan, under the Science & Technology Policy Resources and Information Center at National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLAbs)) , has volunteered to stand for Taiwan market, and started to negotiate with the publisher Elsevier. The CONCERT has been insisting that the Elsevier must adjust its price setting, but the offer provided by the Elsevier has been far from satisfactory. No agreement has been reached between the CONCERT and the Elsevier until the early December in 2016. On December 7, 2016, the CONCERT announced that nine representative universities in Taiwan, led by NTU, would not subscribe to the Elsevier ScienceDirect journals starting from January, 2017. Under such circumstances, we have decided to join ten other major universities in Taiwan , such as, NTU, NTHU, NCTU, NCKU, NTNU, NCCU, NCHU, NYMU, NSYSU, and NCU to stop subscribing to the Elsevier ScienceDirect Journals starting from 2017 as well. We apologize for any inconvenience which may cause due to this incident in the near future. It is suggested that you get articles by the following ways should you not be able to find research articles you need at our campus. 1. Searching on Google Scholar,5 2. Searching on the authors’ Institutional Repository System 3. Request for articles from authors 4.Use NDDS (National Document Delivery Service) Furthermore, Taiwan Tech Library is now actively in the process of applying for the membership of Rapid ILL, which is an international interlibraries loan service in USA, in order to assist you to get the articles as soon as possible in the future. We will keep you posted regarding the progress of the application and further related information. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Chin, Hsiao Ling, Division Leader, phone: 2737-6187, email: Cheng, Chia-Chi, phone: 2737-6193, email: Chao, De-Lin, Division Leader, phone: 2737-6192, email: Best regards, Dean of Taiwan Tech Library Huang, Yan-Jyi