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Dutch research institutions and Elsevier reach framework agreement -

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), The Dutch Research Council (NWO), and the global information and analytics business Elsevier have reached a framework agreement. This agreement is in accordance with Plan S and is a huge step towards 100 percent open access and therefore a major breakthrough for open science in the Netherlands.

Overall it means that Dutch research institutions and Elsevier will embark on a new and innovative approach to scientific research, making it more transparent, collaborative, efficient, and in support of social issues and questions.

The framework agreement, with a transition period from January 1 through May 1, 2020, provides Dutch researchers with full reading access to all Elsevier journals, and allows (unlimited) open access publishing in Elsevier journals. In addition, a range of pilots will be undertaken to develop tools and services in support of (open) science and research intelligence.

VSNU, NFU, NWO and Elsevier acknowledge that the development of these new services has been a cause for some concern in the community. To address this, an initial set of clear principles have been agreed to by the partner organisations. These are: 1. Interoperable: no vendor lock in. Researchers and institutions can also use their own tools. 2. Future proof: system should be flexible to different setups and different agreements. 3. Vendor/publisher neutral: system development is not limited to any specific vendor. 4. Researchers and/or institutions own their own research data (not Elsevier).

In the coming months, a working group will further define the rules of engagement and the governance structure will be worked out. To bridge the transition period, the parties have agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding to provide continued and expanded access to the reading and publishing services of the agreement. If the parties reach a final agreement, the contract will be made publicly available and registered on the ESAC-registry.

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