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Negotiation status of contracts to be renewed through FinElib in 2024

Published on 1.12.2023
Tampere Universities
Some of the Tampere University's current Read & Publish agreements through FineElib for the year 2024 are currently being negotiated with publishers, but there is still no certainty that new agreements will be reached.

If the new agreements are not made by the end of the year, the free open publication of articles with the following publishers will end on 31st of December, 2023.

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) 
  • Elsevier (ScienceDirect) 
  • Emerald  
  • IEEE (IEEE Xplore - IEEE Electronic Library) 
  • Oxford University Press  
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 
  • Springer (SpringerLink) 

I am about to publish my article in a journal from one of these publishers - what should I do?

What happens with the open access publication of your article depends on the date of acceptance of your article.If the the publisher or journal accepts your article (date of acceptance) during 2023,  it can be published  open as part of FinELib's current agreement. If the acceptance of the article falls into 2024, open access publishing can’t be covered by the current agreement. 

It is possible that the negotiations for new agreements will stretch into 2024. If an agreement is reached later in 2024, the aim is that articles from the beginning of 2024 can be published retrospectively. However, the realization of this depends on the final negotiation result and cannot be guaranteed.

If the conclusion of a new agreement seems likely, FinELib will publish in December–January the publisher's instructions on how authors of articles to be accepted for publication at the beginning of the year should act.


I want to read journals from these publishers – how is it possible?

Access to journals is often granted during ongoing negotiations, even if the old agreement period has ended. For many publishers, access to journals will continue as usual, even if negotiations extend into 2024.

If the negotiations end without results, access to new journal articles published in 2024 will cease. However, for many publishers, access to articles published in 2023 or earlier will remain unchanged, even without a new agreement. This is due to long-term usage rights from previous agreements. However, long-term usage contracts vary from publisher to publisher. Some of the long-term usage contracts apply to all journals from the ordered collection and some only certain journals. 

For articles that you can no longer access directly from the publisher's service, you can seek access by utilizing library's Alternative Access guide.


We will provide further information on the status of negotations during December.

For more information on open publishing, please contact: oa [at] (oa[at]tuni[dot]fi)

For more information about the agreements negotations, please contact: hankinta.kirjasto [at] (hankinta[dot]kirjasto[at]tuni[dot]fi)