Negotiations with Elsevier stagnate but Springer moves forward. The existing contract with Elsevier was extended by a period of one year. As a result, researchers will not experience any changes for the duration of the negotiations with Elsevier.
Negotiations with Springer have yielded an agreement in principle for 2015 and 2016. Instead of a paid subscription model, the publisher will now charge libraries for the open access publication of articles in almost all Springer journals (1,500 titles). This concerns all articles by authors from institutions currently entering into the new agreement with Springer. Researchers will not have to pay Article-Processing Charges (APC) for these articles. All journals previously featured in the 'big deal' will remain accessible to Dutch researchers, who will continue to enjoy current user rights. This agreement will result in a minimal rise in costs, reflecting a win-win situation for the Dutch scientific community: no APC will apply for the 1,500 journals in question.
Read more in the VSNU Open Access Newsletter.
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