Dutch Universities and Elsevier reach open access agreement

11 December 2015

The VSNU, the association of Dutch universities, has reached an agreement with Elsevier about open access publishing. This deal marks a transition to open access scholarly publishing, one of the priorities of the Dutch presidency of the European Council.

Open access deal with Elsevier
The Dutch universities reached an agreement with the world’s largest publisher of science journals, Elsevier, on open access publishing of articles based on publicly funded research. According to the deal, 30 per cent of the articles published by researchers of the Dutch universities will be freely accessible to the public by 2018. The costs of reviewing, editing, printing and distribution of the open access articles will be paid by the authors or their institution. This deal is in line with the goal of Sander Dekker, State Secretary for Research of the Netherlands, to make articles based on publicly funded research freely accessible for the public. 60 percent of Dutch research articles should be open access by 2019 and 100 percent by 2024. The same goes for the recent change in the rules of funding by NWO, the Dutch research funding agency. NWO announced that it requires open access publishing for al research they will fund from now on.

Open access negotiations
The Elsevier deal is the result of negotiations that went on for more than a year. As of 1 January 2016 the VSNU has to renew its contract with Elsevier, through which all Dutch universities will get access to all of Elsevier's pubilcations. The VSNU demanded open access concessions from Elsevier in the negotiations for the new subscription and the open access deal is the result of these demands.

European perspective: the Dutch presidency
Developing open access in Europe is one of the priorities of the Dutch presidency of the Council of the EU, starting 1 January 2016. Next to the Dutch deal with Elsevier, there are more movements towards open access publishing. In October 2015 the League of European Research Universities (LERU) launched a petition calling for a move towards open access and called on the Dutch presidency to make a push for open access. In November 2015 the Open Access Network Austria (OANA) presented 16 recommendations for getting full open access to all publicly funded articles by 2025. A few days later, the FWF, the Austrian Science Fund, announced that they support the open access partnership ‘Open Library of Humanities’.

Meer informatie
Press Release VSNU : Dutch Universities and Elsevier reach agreement in principle on open access and subscription 
Article Neth-ERPolitiek statement voor open access
Statement LERU: Christmas is over. Research funding should go to research, not to publishers!
Publication OANA: Recommendations for the Transition to open access in Austria
Press Release FWF: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) commits to five years of funding for OLH
Article Neth-ERRegering publiceert uitgangspunten Nederlands voorzitterschap 2016

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