The Dutch consortium of the university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands, UKB, and Springer have signed a letter of intent to the effect that they will jointly explore the potential of open access publishing. This is the first time a prominent scientific publisher and a consortium of scientific libraries explicitly join forces on an open access initiative.
UKB strongly supports the open access model for scientific publishing as a means to stimulate the widespread use and re-use of scientific information. Springer has developed its Open Choice-programme to meet increased demand by scientists for open access publication.
The letter of intent signed by UKB en Springer is designed to:
- allow authors to gain experience with open access publishing in existing, established journals;
- allow open access media to build a solid scientific reputation;
- gain experience with 1) the economic viability of the business model whereby
the publisher is paid for publication rather than for access to content ; 2) the
incorporation of open access in the scientific publication cycle.