Are there any known Universities that refuse to pay for paywall access (for moral, intellectual, inability to pay, or other reasons) to academic journal articles?
No University has enough funding to spend on subscription fees for all existing paywalled research articles (e.g., Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices). As a result, some of their faculty and student resort to free alternatives SciHub/LibGen/emailing colleagues/etc.
Many universities located in developing countries cannot afford paying for paywalls.
If you need a particular University name, here are some:
When he needs new books to teach one of his courses, Professor Ibrahim Abdullah orders at least two from abroad: one for himself, one to give to the university library. If he needs scholarly articles, he writes to his friends overseas and asks them to send copies, since the university cannot afford journal subscriptions.
All public universities, research institutes and state agencies in Peru (translated by Google):
Bad news for research and technological innovation come from Peru. The National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (Concytec), a government agency, will no longer offer free access to the ScienceDirect and Scorpus databases by the end of the year. The lack of funding from the central government has been the cause of the closure of these platforms for Peruvians.
Access had been enabled for public universities, research institutes and state agencies. ScienceDirect (Freedom Collection) gathers more than 1,800 titles in full text scientific journals in 24 thematic areas and Scopus meets "relevant sources for basic research, applied research and technological innovation and is a tool for bibliometric studies" according to the portal Concytec .
Access was open since 2014 and during that time 3.7 million full-text documents were downloaded. The downloads, according to Concytec, would have cost US $ 131 million if they had been isolated. While subscribing to these services for three years cost the agency only US $ 10 million.
A few other places:
- Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan
- Germany-wide consortium of research libraries announce boycott of Elsevier journals over open access
- Taiwan Tech to Discontinue Subscription to Elsevier ScienceDirect Starting 2017
This is not about a university, but I guess it also fits the bill:
The german "Hochschul-Rektoren-Konferenz" (German's Rectors Conference) has lauched "Projekt DEAL" where many (all?) German universities jointly negotiate with Elsevier about prices. Since the negotiations did not went well for the universities, the over 60 German universities and libraries canceled their subscription to all their Elsevier packages to the next possible date. My university has no subscription to any Elsevier journal starting 01.01.2017. It is currently analyzed what actions shall be taken with other publishers.
Read some background:
Universities in the US do not refuse paywall access to journals for moral or intellectual reasons. However, budget limitations may mean that subscriptions that are deemed less important may be canceled.