Dutch universities and publisher Sage are moving significantly towards Open Access. It has been agreed that for 2017 to the end of 2019, academics working at Dutch research institutions will be able to publish with Open Access in 97% of Sage’s journals.
The new agreement made by Dutch universities and publisher Sage follows a successful collaboration in 2015 and 2016, when the two parties already agreed to Open Access for 20% of Sage’s journals. The Open University of the Netherlands will also benefit from the current deal covering 97% of these periodicals. Full 100% coverage is not possible because of dependency on societies which have to give their permission. Details on how authors can benefit from Sage’s scheme will be communicated shortly.
Pure golden journals
In addition, agreements have been made regarding publication in Sage’s gold Open Access journals. All articles concerned are rigorously peer-reviewed, thereby retaining the quality hallmarks of the academic publishing process that authors would experience in publishing in any traditional Sage journal. Most Sage pure gold Open Access journals are supported by the payment of an article processing charge (APC) by the author, institution or research funder of the accepted manuscript. Sage offers a 20% saving for Open Access publishing in the almost 100 gold Open Access journals.
Source: Major advance in Open Access with Sage (VSNU news 23 December 2016)