VSNU Statement on Plan S: Ambitions remain high, transition requires due diligence To give open access universities a new boost Dutch Universities and Elsevier: Six-month extension of the current licensing agreement (13-12-2018) *If your original article was submitted before 1.1.2020, it can still be authorised under our previous agreement in the Netherlands. Once your article has been accepted for publication and you display the Open Access option which indicates that your APC is covered by the agreement, please select the OA option. The National Open Access Portal publishes a list of 11,000 magazine titles that benefit from an open access agreement. The list identifies (significant) discount opportunities and is updated regularly. The track listing is a recent service, but also the result of work in progress. No rights can be inferred from the information on the list. Developments The issue of open access is also under government control. In a letter to the House of Commons at the end of 2013, Dekker, then Secretary of State, said that publicly funded research should in principle be freely accessible. He recommended a policy of pursuing the gold path: the author pays the publisher to publish his article in Open Access, where other articles from the same journal could still be behind a Paywall. In 2017, the government reaffirmed the importance of open access with the coalition agreement that “open access and open science must become the norm of scientific research”. Dutch universities responded favourably to the government`s support. Universities are also in favour of the principle of choosing the path of gold.
This path should be the most sustainable solution in the longer term. But it`s also complex. Higher education institutions expect publishers to actively collaborate on this. The approval of funding for scientific research defines the mutual obligations concerning staff recruited by the institutions to carry out research funded by the Netherlands Research Council (NWO, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek). These are based on the collective agreements of the VSNU (for universities) and NFU (for academic medical centers). . . .