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 OUP


Wasn’t there an agreement with OUP already in place?

That’s right. ‘Big deal’ contracts were entered into with OUP in 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately, these did not include an open access component. Now, in 2017, renewal of the existing contracts without an open access component is no longer an option.

What are the universities requesting OUP?

The key principle in the universities’ negotiations with publishers is that agreements made should facilitate the transition to open access – freely accessible academic articles – without Dutch scholars being required to pay double (double dipping) for this.

Why is open access so important for universities?

Open access publications are easier to find, are cited more frequently and reach a larger audience. Open access benefits not just the academic community, but also the economy and society at large.

Why are universities unable to renew the ‘big deal’?

OUP has made a proposal to the universities in the Netherlands that does not include an offer for affordable open access. Compared to the agreements the VSNU has made with other publishers, OUP’s proposal is a step back instead of a step forward towards achieving the goal of 100% open access by 2020.

What are the consequences for me as a researcher?

As long as no agreement is in place, academics will have to use alternative routes to access any articles they require published by OUP from 1 May 2017 onwards. The articles published by OUP prior to this date can be accessed through the regular channels.

Publication in OUP journals can continue as before. If an academic wishes to publish open access in a journal published by OUP, an APC will have to be paid for this. They will have to pay for this themselves, unless explicit agreements to the contrary have been made.

Does the outcome of this negotiation apply to all universities?

The outcome of this negotiation pertains to the ‘big deal’ negotiations. Some universities also have specific agreements regarding certain OUP journals not covered by the ‘big deal’ negotiations. These agreements will remain in place for the duration of the respective contracts.

I’m on the editorial board of a journal published by OUP. What will change for me?

In principle, there will be no changes to your position or responsibilities – you can continue carrying out this work as before should you so desire. We do, however, ask that you urge OUP to facilitate open access publication without any additional costs.

How can I help to facilitate the transition to open access as a researcher?

As a researcher, you can make a conscious decision to publish in a different journal, one that does make it possible to publish open access without any additional costs.

If this is not an acceptable option for you, you can let OUP know that you would like to publish open access without any additional costs.

What are the expectations for the future?

The VSNU is happy to resume negotiations if OUP is willing to make fair and more ambitious agreements relating to open access.