Q&A open access


The FAQ have been categorized according to the following topics: General questions about open access, Questions about open access for scientists, Questions about negotiations with publishers and the role of other stakeholders, Current status on negotiations per publisher (Elsevier, SAGE, Springer, Wiley, OUP, ACS, Taylor & Francis, Wolters Kluwer and other publishers) and How about LingOA.

Questions about negotiations with publishers and the role of other stakeholders

What is the objective of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) regarding open access?

Dutch universities have the same objective as that set by State Secretary Dekker of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science: make 60% of publicly funded research open access from 2018, and 100% open access from 2024.

Is the current fight over open access not much too big for the Netherlands to take on?

The Netherlands may be a small country, but it has an excellent scientific sector and a good ICT infrastructure. It is therefore in a strong position to make a first step in the field of open access. Given the percentage of publications in the international context, open access is a realistic proposition for publishers as the current situation, where publicly funded research is not openly accessible, simply cannot continue.

What are the Big Deal negotiations and how do they relate to Open access?

Dutch universities are making serious efforts towards the necessary transition to open access. Amongst other measures, this will require negotiations with the various publishers on the issue of subscription renewal. For the past ten years, publishers have applied an all-in-one pricing system for their subscriptions. Prices are recorded in licences, referred to as 'Big Deals'. Universities negotiate these Big Deals with the major publishing houses. Universities now want these negotiations to yield specific agreements with publishers on the transition to open access. Universities expect publishers to make a serious effort to facilitate this transition.

Which negotiations are currently still ongoing?

Negotiations with Springer, SAGE, and Wiley recently concluded. An agreement in principle has been reached with Elsevier. Negotiations on the licences that expire in 2016 are currently being prepared. In addition, the university libraries are negotiating with a number of smaller publishers. All these negotiations are being supported by SURFmarket.

Last updated on 26-05-2016