Universities in Holland and England conclude open-access publishing agreements

Margaret DeLacy's picture
Below is a link to and excerpt from an article in The Scientist concerning Dutch negotiations with Wiley, Sage and Springer for a "publish and read" model for Open Access that combines access for Dutch authors to paywalled articles and Open Access publication of articles by Dutch authors into a single fee.  Springer has also concluded similar agreements with Sweden, Austria and the UK and is in the process of negotiating an agreement with German universities. Negotiations with the French, however, broke down and Couperin, a purchasing consortium for many French Universities has cancelled its Springer subscription.  Meanwhile, German universities have cancelled their subscriptions to Elsevier publications after those negotiations ran aground.
It will be interesting to see whether this tussle between purchasers and suppliers will produce a new standard set of acquisition and sale practices for all major journal publishers.  Perhaps instead the scholarly publishing world will become even more fractured and confusing, as access begins to differ from country to country throughout Western Europe and authors in different countries increasingly publish their articles in a limited selection of journals. We may see greater access for all or watch as both authors and audiences become more separated by national boundaries. Perhaps science will go the way ot the Eurozone?
  (disclaimer:  I published two books with Palgrave Macmillan, now a Springer subsidiary)

"Dutch Universities, Journal Publishers Agree on Open-Access Deals: Despite some difficult negotiations, academic institutions in the Netherlands have been securing subscriptions that combine publishing and reading into one fee."

By Diana Kwon The Scientist April 17, 2018


"In the Netherlands, as in many other European countries, universities are pushing for scholarly journals to become open access. Driven in part by the E.U.’s mandate to make all scientific articles freely available by 2020, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), which represents 14 of the country’s academic institutions, has been negotiating new subscription deals with publishers. Many of these discussions have been fruitful—over the last few years the consortium has secured 100-percent open-access agreements, where all papers with Dutch corresponding authors are made freely available, with major publishing houses such as SpringerNature and Wiley.

There have, however, been clashes with a few publishers along the way, leaving researchers without access to some journals.

In general, VSNU is pushing for academic publishers to adopt a so-called “publish-and-read model,” which combines viewing paywalled articles and publishing open-access reports into one fee. “Our goal is to reach 100 percent open access, but we also want to keep the costs that we pay at a reasonable level,” says Koen Becking, president of Tilburg University’s executive board and a chief open-access negotiator for VSNU. When the consortium stepped in to start discussing nationwide contracts in 2014, it “made clear to the publishers that we did not want to pay more for our reading contracts,” Becking tells The Scientist, “and that we wanted to make a substantial step towards open access.”

Last month, VSNU announced that it had established new publish-and-read contracts with two publishing houses, SpringerNature and Oxford University Press (OUP)."

See also, "Oxford University Press and Jisc agree continued access to OUP journals" (undated announcement)