The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and information analytics business Elsevier have agreed to extend their current agreement by six months. These six months will be used to continue discussions. VSNU continues to strive to secure commitment to 100 percent open access by 2020, as set out in the National Open Science Plan.
Topics discussed during meetings over the past months between VSNU and Elsevier included open science, how a new licensing agreement would contribute to an aspired future open science infrastructure for the Netherlands, and the implications of Plan S. Extending the current agreement by six months enables the continuation of these discussions.
The current agreement with Elsevier is set to expire on December 31, 2018. During the 6-month extension, access will continue under existing terms. Elsevier and VSNU will also continue their gold OA pilot, broadening this to include additional open access journals. Further details on the current agreement can be found here.
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