teleread: Dutch Elsevier deal good or bad for scholarly open access?

Shortly before Christmas, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) announced that it had “reached an agreement in principle” with Elsevier “that marks a milestone in the Netherlands’ transition to Open Access scholarly publishing and provides Dutch researchers with continued subscription access to high-quality research.” The agreement ended a standoff between Elsevier and Dutch academics and politicians, who threatened a mass boycott of subscriptions to Elsevier publications unless their content moved towards open access. …

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