Elsevier journals 100% Open Access

Published on
December 20, 2019

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and publisher Elsevier have reached a framework agreement.

Open access publishing

The agreement, with a transition period from 1 January 2020 through 1 May 2020, provides researchers with full reading access to all Elsevier journals, and allows open access publishing in Elsevier journals.

In addition, a range of pilots will be undertaken to develop tools and services to support (open) science and research intelligence. Towards 1 May 2020, a working group will further define the rules of engagement and the governance structure for these pilots.

Best possible result

After a long period of negotiatons, partnering with Elsevier in future developments in open science infrastructure appeared to be the best compromise between having no access, achieving 100% Open Access and meeting the requirements of Plan S. The financial details of this agreement are not yet available.

What it means for WUR

Hubert Krekels, WUR Library director, is happy with the current arrangement: "This agreement finally adds Elsevier to the complete range of Big Deal publishers offering Open Access. I am very happy that the Library can keep accommodating seamless access to high quality scientific journals and offer WUR authors the opportunity to meet funder demands at limited extra costs.”

From 1 January WUR corresponding authors can publish an unlimited number of articles in Open Access in Elsevier journals. Authors have a choice of OA licenses. Note that only papers submitted after 1 January 2020 are eligible for the deal. The article's corresponding author should be affiliated with Wageningen University and Research or an other Dutch university.

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