“This agreement accelerates the transition to open access in the Netherlands. Wiley has Open Science at the top of his strategic agenda. In this new landscape, we support the ambitions of all stakeholders in the community, including researchers, donors and institutions – by promoting greater openness and, ultimately, greater reproducibility. Philip Carpenter, EVP Research, Wiley. Since 2014, VSNU has entered into 100% open access agreements with a number of other major publishers, including Wiley, Sage and the American Chemical Society. However, some of these discussions have led to differences of opinion and negotiations have stalled. For example, the recent contract with DerOUP came almost a year after discussions were suspended last May. “It`s been a tough road,” Becking says. “There have been a lot of negotiations in recent years, but we have not reached an agreement that should include an important step towards opening up access.” Alastair Lewis, the commercial director of OUP`s scientific department, informed The Scientist in an email that the open access agreement with VSNU is one of the few similar subscription contracts that the publishing house has concluded this year on a “pilot” basis, notably with Jisc, which represents higher education and research institutions in the UK. The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and John Wiley and Sons, Inc. today announced an agreement to publish unlimited Dutch academic articles in association with an extended subscription to high-quality research. UNSV Statement on Plan S: Ambitions Remain High, Transition Requires Due Diligence Universities do not need open access to university and Elsevier: six-month extension of the current licensing agreement (13-12-2018) Developments The theme of open access has also come under government control. In a letter to the House of Commons at the end of 2013, the then Secretary of State, Mr. Dekker, felt that publicly supported research should in principle be freely accessible.
He recommended a gold-route tracking policy: the author pays the publisher to publish his article in Open Access, where other articles from the same magazine could still be behind a Paywall. In 2017, the government reaffirmed with the coalition agreement that “open access and open science must become the norm for scientific research,” reaffirmed the importance of open access. Dutch universities have reacted positively to the government`s support. Universities are also in principle in favour of choosing the gold route. This path should be the most sustainable long-term solution. But it`s also complex. Universities expect publishers to actively work on this. Dan Dyer, RSC`s commercial director, told The Scientist that the publishing house is ready to offer a publishing and reading contract and notes that RSC has already concluded such agreements in other countries, including Austria, Sweden and Finland. But the VSNU request “is something we can`t afford,” Dyer says.