Digital semesters due to the Corona crisis also lead to expanded offers of online books or e-books in the TUHH network at the TU Hamburg. As early as May 2020, we had responded to this together with other Hamburg libraries.
With the year 2021, online books from additional publishers have now been added to the library holdings acecssible at TUHH.
eBooks from the UK’s IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) with topics from all engineering disciplines (2015 – 2021)
TUHH has joined the contract of the DEAL project with Wiley Publishing House. You can find some information about the conditions here.
On January 15, 2019, for the project Deal a contract has been signed with the publisher Wiley. The contract now has been published.
TUHH no longer has access to the complete range of journals published by Elsevier-Verlag. Periodicals for which the TUHH has archive rights are still available.
There is a transitional agreement with SpringerNature, so that the journals available at TUHH will remain accessible in 2019. Negotiations with Wiley will continue, but Wiley’s journals will be available until the end of January 2019.
The TUHH has cancelled all journal subcriptions with the publishers Elsevier, Springer und Wiley to the end of 2018. The TUHH takes part at the project DEAL.
With the project DEAL the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) is negotiating on behalf of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany with the big STEM publishers (Elsevier, SpringerNature und Wiley) about nation-wide agreements for licensing e-journals. The aims of DEAL are:
Fair financial burden to get a wide-scale, lasting access to scholarly literature (e-journals) for academics in Germany.
As open access component, corresponding authors’ publications of participitating institutions should be Open Access automatically (CC-BY).
To bring about significant change to the status quo in relation to negotiations, content and pricing in the process of accessing scholarly information in Germany.
What does DEAL mean actually for the TUHH?
The TUHH has cancelled this year all journal subcriptions with the publishers Elsevier, Springer und Wiley to the end of 2018. The TUHH takes part at the project DEAL.
The situation at TUHH will be the same like at all other German universities which cancelled their subscriptions last year or the year before. The list of these institutions includes for example other universities of technology like those in Aix-La-Chapelle, Berlin, Braunschweig, Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe and Munich. In 2018 the TUHH has still had a regular contract with Elsevier because of a three-years-agreement starting 2016.
The status of the DEAL negotiations is open. Contracts with the publishers SpringerNature and Wiley seem to be more possible than a contract with the publisher Elsevier.
What does DEAL mean for the access to e-journals at TUHH in 2019?
Starting 2019 the TUHH will still have access to journals, for which the TUHH had subscriptions with permanent archival rights, until including the volumes of the year 2018.For the publisher Elsevier as example this means:
Via ScienceDirect acccess will still be possible to the most important 48 journals, for which the TUHH has had a subscription until the year 2018.
No access will exist for articles of the year 2019.
No access will be possible to other ScienceDirect journals. Here the access for 2018 has been paid by an annual license without permanent access rights.
For getting articles not available in digital or printed form at the TUHH, you have – as in the moment also – in 2019 the following possibilities:
Ordering through interlibrary loan online: In the moment you get a paper copy normally within one week. In the future, maybe it will be possible in most cases to deliver a digital copy to end-users.
Ordering through other document delivery services: In case you need an article within 24 hours or within 3 working days, the TUHH library will order the articles for TUHH researchers through another delivery service, for which the library will also pay for. This is possible already today on request.
In general, document delivery is possible via various ways of acquisition, which differ in the speed of supply (from at once to several days), in the quality of supply (from original pdf file to paper copy) and in the fees to be paid (to about 75 € for the most expensive type of document delivery).
In 2015 access to most of the journals of ScienceDirect, the platform of the publisher Elsevier, is possible within TUHH intranet.
In addition to 57 journals subscribed until now, the TUHH library licensed for one year the so-called „Freedom Collection“ of the publisher (Information page of Elsevier). With this licensing access is possible to more than 2300 journals starting with the year 2011. Archival rights for permanent access to the journals have not been acquired within this additonal package.
Mendeley has been a rather popular reference mangament tool combined with a web-based social network. According to their post, only little will change for their users. As a bonus storage space will be increased. The free version of Mendeley is to be continued.
The Mendeley team realizes, that they will encounter critical reactions in the academic community for their decision :
Of course, we are aware that – especially in the past year – the academic community has criticized Elsevier for some of its policies and positions. Our own relationship with Elsevier has been conflicted at times.
From their point of view however, the assets have been in favor of joining the publisher:
In sum, the overlap between Elsevier’s and our vision has always been remarkable. Combining Elsevier’s content, analytics tools, and long-standing publisher/society relationships with Mendeley’s collaboration platform and social data will enable both of us to develop amazing new services that will make your research life easier.