Dutch researchers might end up without access to journals


A couple of days ago the French universities reached a 5-year deal, for 33,4 M€ yearly, with Elsevier. Almost at the same time news broke that the negotiations between Dutch universities and Elsevier had come to a halt. The Dutch government and higher education want to work for open access and want Elsevier to come with a suggestion that would lead to real steps towards the transition to open access. They also negotiated on subscription prices for libraries but Elesvier was not successful in providing an agreement which would have helped to keep down they subscription prices that many libraries struggle with.

As it looks now, researchers might be without access to the newest Elsevier journals from January first 2015.

This will be interesting to follow for at least two reasons: although a small country they have a medium sized research output and also because Elsevier has its roots in the Netherlands.

Press release from VSNU (vereniging van universiteiten)

Supplementary information

Pieta Eklund


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