Dutch universities dig in for long fight over open access

« … In January last year, Sander Dekker, the Dutch minister for education, culture and science, decreed that 60 per cent of Dutch research articles must be open access by 2019 and 100 per cent by 2024. Dutch university presidents responded by agreeing to make their renewal of subscription deals dependent on publishers taking steps to realise this goal (…)

On 16 December, the VSNU announced that negotiations had resumed after Elsevier made another offer. It also said that Dutch universities’ current big deal with the publisher, which was due to expire on 1 January, would automatically be extended by one year, temporarily maintaining Dutch universities’ access to the publisher’s suite of 2,200 journals, which include Cell and The Lancet (…) »