The price of research publishing isn’t set like it used to be

For-profit publisher Elsevier and the Netherlands universities association have agreed to extend their existing arrangement by six months – again.

The agreement ensures universities have access to 2500 journals while the publisher and peak research groups, discuss “how to work together on aspired future Dutch open science infrastructure services.” The Netherlands is keen on the European Research Council’s Plan S, which wants open access to research. Publishers think this is ok, if it is gold open access, which makes research free to read but pay to publish. However, in June the ERC says it will consider capping article publishing payments.

The new Netherlands-Elsevier extension continues the agreement to keep talking struck last December. It’s part of a change from the publishing industry’s old attitude, when its resources meant it set the terms for research publishing.


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