Dutch research institutions and Elsevier agreed on a new extensive agreement

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Dutch research institutions and Elsevier agreed on a new extensive agreement

by | Published on 20 May 2020

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and Elsevier announced that they have entered into a national agreement. Maastricht University and MUMC+ participate in this contract that runs until  2025.

The agreement includes read access to all publications in the scientific Elsevier journals and open access (OA) publication of peer-reviewed articles not only in subscription journals (hybrid) but also in multiple full OA journals. And affiliated researchers don’t pay article processing charges (APC) anymore. Also, Elsevier and partners will jointly develop innovative services for valuing and disseminating knowledge.

The VSNU has prepared an FAQ, and the contract has been made public on its website. The University Library will include all relevant information from the agreement and the FAQ on the Elsevier workflow page. The information about open access publishing in the individual journals is available via the OA Journal Browser and will be updated for the new agreement this week.

Steps prior to the agreement

In December 2019, the Dutch research institutions and Elsevier already signed a framework agreement. In the past four months, the parties have carefully worked out this agreement into a unique open science collaboration.

At the same time, a working group of independent experts investigated the rules for responsible management of research data. The working group identified under which conditions metadata and research results can be (re) used and enriched by public and private organizations. Based on the advice of the working group, several cooperation principles have been agreed, including on ownership of data (scientists and institutions own their research data), access to data and metadata, supplier neutrality, and complete freedom of choice for all institutions concerning the use of services.

The agreement

VSNU, NFU, NWO and Elsevier report today a collaboration on the following components:

  1. Open access services for publishing and reading
    The national agreement includes reading rights for the peer-reviewed articles from Elsevier’s magazine portfolio. The collaboration supports the Dutch ambition to publish 100% open access. As part of this collaboration, Elsevier is committed to an immediate open access option for the remaining titles that are not (yet) part of the deal.
  2. Open science services for research information and scientific communication
    Elsevier, together with the Dutch science partners, develops new services in co-creation with which knowledge is better valued and disseminated. The partners are carrying out several pilot projects intending to tailor services to the needs of Dutch scientific institutions optimally. These pilots support the shared ambition of broader social interaction with science.

Library update

More information

More about open access publishing at UM and MUMC

For more information about the deal and open access publishing in general, you can contact Ron Aardening, Scholarly Communications & Publishing Officer via the contact form at the bottom of this page.

About VSNU

In the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), Dutch universities work together towards a strong university sector. The 14 Dutch universities within the VSNU show the outside world how they fulfil their social function, formulate shared ambitions relating to academic education and research and valorisation, and lobby for the preconditions needed to realise these ambitions.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a global information analytics business specializing in science and health.

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