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Dutch universities and Elsevier initiate open science partnership

The Dutch universities, university medical centres and Research Council have reached an agreement with Elsevier Publishing on a national open science partnership. The partnership includes open access publishing and reading services for Elsevier journals and open science services for disseminating and evaluating knowledge.

In November 2019, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO) signed a framework agreement with Elsevier, an information and data analysis business in science and health. Over the past few months, this has been developed into a comprehensive national open science agreement that will run until 31 December 2024.

The agreement comprises the following:

  1. Open access publishing and reading services. This national deal covers reading rights to quality, peer-reviewed content across Elsevier’s extensive portfolio of journals. The partnership supports the aim of 100% open access publishing for all members of the consortium. Ninety-five percent of Dutch articles can be made immediately open access through this agreement. Elsevier has also committed to work towards immediate open access options across all remaining titles.
  2. Open science services for research intelligence and science communication. Elsevier will work with its Dutch partners to co-develop new services that help disseminate and evaluate knowledge. The parties will undertake a number of pilot projects to refine and adapt these services to the needs of the Dutch research institutions. The pilots will support the broader ambition of public engagement with science and will be conducted according to the collaboration principles mentioned above.

Read more about the agreement on the VSNU website

More information

The Open Access team at the Centre for Digital Scholarship at Leiden University Libraries supports authors who wish to publish open access.

They can answer any questions about the agreement with Elsevier or about open access in general and can be contacted at: openaccess@library.leidenuniv.nl

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