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Elsevier and Dutch Universities Reach Agreement Over Open Access and Subscription

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and Elsevier have reached an agreement that marks a milestone in the Netherlands’ transition to Open Access scholarly publishing.

The agreement will provide Dutch researchers with continued subscription access to high quality research. Details of the 3-year agreement, which is to start in 2016, will be finalized in the near future.

“We are pleased about this agreement as it facilitates a sustainable transition to Open Access,” said Prof. Gerard Meijer, chief negotiator for the VSNU and Chairman of Radboud University Nijmegen. “It gives academics at Dutch universities subscription access to Elsevier journals and allows them to publish Open Access in a selection of these journals. The Dutch universities aim to make 30% of their researchers’ publications Open Access by 2018."

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