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Q&A open access

 

The FAQ have been categorized according to the following topics: General questions about open access, Questions about open access for scientists, Questions about negotiations with publishers and the role of other stakeholders, Current status on negotiations per publisher (Elsevier, SAGE, Springer, Wiley, OUP, ACS, Taylor & Francis, Wolters Kluwer and other publishers) and How about LingOA.


Current status on negotiations ACS

 

Why has an agreement been concluded with the American Chemical Society (ACS)?

ACS is an important publisher in chemistry for the Netherlands. The previous contract only provided for open access at additional article process charges (APCs). Discounts on the APCs depended on the individual memberships of authors. It has now been agreed that, effective 2017, open access will become an integral part of the contract between the Dutch research institutions and ACS. This means that ACS has granted the request of the Dutch universities to cooperate with the irreversible development toward open access.

What are the main outlines of the agreement with ACS?

For the next five years (2017–2021), it has been agreed to continue the current licensing agreement and to introduce full open access for new articles submitted by corresponding authors affiliated with a Dutch university or participating research institution. Full open access applies to all new articles. Individual researchers will not be subject to any additional costs. The cost for the APCs will be covered by the costs of the entire big deal.

For 2016, ACS has issued OA vouchers to corresponding authors affiliated with a Dutch university or UMC. These vouchers may be submitted to ACS throughout 2016. If a researcher does not use a voucher, the voucher may be transferred to another researcher and it will retain its value during the period of its validity. From 2017, the voucher system for corresponding authors affiliated with a Dutch university or UMC will no longer be necessary since all articles will be published under open access, in accordance with the big deal.

What does this agreement mean for the reuse of open access articles?

Under the agreement, open access articles will be published under the Creative Commons (CC) licence CC-NC-ND. NC stands for Non Commercial, while ND stands for Non Derivative. This means that the articles may not be used for commercial purposes (NC) and that the articles may not be edited for a derivative publication (ND).

Which journals are covered by the deal with ACS?

The agreement relates to all journals, provided the corresponding author is affiliated with a Dutch university or UMC. The full list of journals to which this agreement will apply from 2017 will be published in due course on ACS’ website.

When will the ACS deal come into force?

The agreement relates to all journals, provided the corresponding author is affiliated with a Dutch university or UMC. The full list of journals to which this agreement will apply from 2017 will be published in due course on ACS’ website.

Which authors can now publish their articles as open access with ACS under the agreement?

All corresponding authors of Dutch universities and UMCs that are party to the contract. This includes all Dutch universities with the exception of the University of Tilburg and the research institutions FOM, NIOO and NIOZ.