Big deal and No deal on Open Access: Springer and Royal Society of Chemistry

Published on
March 13, 2018

The VSNU (Association of Dutch Universities) and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) have been unable to reach a new agreement. On 12 March, the VSNU also announced that they had renewed their agreement with Springer Nature. This hybrid Open Access agreement is valid until December 2021.

No deal with the Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing

The VSNU and Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing (RSC) have been unable to reach a new agreement on access to scientific journals. The new agreement aimed to secure a transition to Open Access at no extra costs as the VSNU has done in all other Big Deals. RSC, unfortunately, decided that the 'Dutch approach to Open Access' is not sustainable for them.

Consequently, RSC journals are no longer accessible as from 2018, but we have retained access to the RSC archives.

How to get a recent article published by RSC?

You can use 'How can I obtain publications for free' to find out how to get a copy of a recent article. Of course, you can also always use the ordering service of the Library.

A new agreement with Springer

The VSNU and Springer have agreed on a new deal on Open Access publishing by corresponding authors of Dutch universities. Researchers can publish 2,080 articles in Springer journals at no extra charges. The deal starts this year and ends 31 December 2021. The new deal includes 155 new Springer titles. When the list with new journals is available, we'll let you know.

WUR Journal Browser

If you want to publish Open Access in a specific journal, use the WUR Journal Browser. You can browse through a collection of over 32,000 journals. You can also look for similar journals to publish in. See for example 'Food Chemistry' and scroll down to Similar journals.

Through the WUR Journal Browser you can find journal information on Open Access, impact and discounts on article processing charges.