Springer and Dutch library consortium to cooperate in open access initiative

Published on
August 21, 2007

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:

  1. allow authors to gain experience with open access publishing in existing, established journals;
  2. allow open access media to build a solid scientific reputation;
  3. 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.

(Newsletter 2007-5)