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Free-of-charge service for Elsevier journals

Contract negotiations with Elsevier have been interrupted: emergency supply service for Elsevier journals

The University of Würzburg currently has no contract with the publishing house Elsevier (Elsevier contract expiration date: 31 December 2016; Cell Press contract expiration date: 31 December 2017).

The University of Würzburg has passed a mandate to conclude a nationwide licensing agreement with the publishing house Elsevier to DEAL, the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany.
The German Rectors' Conference (Hochschulkonferenz, HRK) has reported that negotiations in connection with the DEAL project had to be interrupted temporarily on 3 July 2018 due to exaggerated demands made by Elsevier. In the negotiations with the publishing house, no general agreement could be reached on the financial framework conditions and the scope of a future DEAL contract.
Elsevier has therefore stopped electronic access to the 2017 and 2018 volumes of journals that had been licensed to the University of Würzburg until the end of 2016. This also affects earlier volumes of journals that were not licensed locally but only within the framework of the Bavarian Consortium. 2018 volumes of journals from Elsevier’s imprint Cell Press are also no longer available.

 The University Library offers the following free-of-charge service to ensure that members of the University of Würzburg (i.e. academics, employees and students) can still access articles from the journals listed above.

Ordering articles yourself:

Benefits: Articles will be sent to you directly and you can also use the express order option.

Delivery by mail and fax, also by e-mail depending on license agreement (DRM protected)
Subito processing period: standard order 72 hours, express order 24 hours

If you have a Subito account or would like to create one yourself:

  • Create an account or log in.  Explanatory video provides step-by-step help.
  • Place an order and you will receive the article from Subito directly.
  • Forward Subito’s invoice to the following e-mail address: e-journals@bibliothek.uni-wuerzburg.de
  • The University Library will then settle the invoice.


If you would like the University Library to create an account for you (invoice sent directly to the Library), proceed as follows:

  • Send an e-mail with your user number and, if possible, a fax number to e-journals@bibliothek.uni-wuerzburg.de.
  • The University Library will set up an account for you using the University’s Subito account.
  • You will then place orders yourself and receive the article directly by fax. If you do not have a fax, a copy of the article will be sent to the University Library.
  • The University Library will receive and pay the invoice.

Delivery by e-mail (DRM protected), post and fax
TIB processing period: standard order 72 hours, express order 24 hours, high priority 3 hours

If you would like the University Library to order articles for you:

Benefits: You do not need to create an account or forward any invoices. 

  • Simply fill in our WEB order form. Express orders are not possible when the University Library orders articles from Subito.
  • The University Library will receive a paper copy of the article from Subito and pass it on to you.
  • The University Library will receive and pay the invoice.