Elsevier journals 100% open access

Dutch research institutions and Elsevier reach framework agreement

VSNU, NFU, NWO and Elsevier have reached a framework agreement. In the short term, this means that from January 2020 we will have access to all online journals from Elsevier and UM scholars can publish Open Access in all Elsevier journals – Full OA and Hybrid – without paying APC.

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and information and analytics business Elsevier have reached a framework agreement. 

The framework agreement, valid 1 January 2020 through 1 May 2020, provides Dutch researchers with full reading access to all Elsevier journals and allows (unlimited) open access publishing in all Elsevier journals. On top of that, a range of pilots will be undertaken to develop tools and services in support of (open) science and research intelligence.

VSNU, NFU, NWO and Elsevier acknowledge that especially the development of these new services has been cause for concern in the community. To address this concern, an initial set of clear principles has been agreed by the partner organisations.

These principles are:

  • Interoperability: no vendor lock in, researchers and institutions can also use their own tools.
  • Future proof: system should be flexible to different setups and different agreements.
  • Vendor/publisher neutral: system development is not limited to any specific vendor.
  • Researchers and/or institutions own their own research data (not Elsevier).

Read the complete press release and Q&A via UM Library

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