Interesting development.  Thanks for forwarding, Dimi!  From the press release, it sounds like they were focusing of accessibility rather than free reuse.  It would be nice to be able to add reuse to the agenda for these kind of negotiations, before they reach deadlock of course.


On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 1:08 PM, Dimitar Dimitrov <> wrote:

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Date: Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM
Subject: Elsevier & Dutch universities in a stand-off

From: Jos Damen <>
Date: Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

"Negotiations between Elsevier and universities failed (PRESS RELEASE
VSNU, 4 November 2014)

Universities want to move to Open Access publications

Negotiations between the Dutch universities and publishing company
Elsevier on subscription fees and Open Access have ground to a halt.
In line with the policy pursued by the Ministry of Education, Culture
and Science, the universities want academic publications to be freely
accessible. To that end, agreements will have to be made with the
publishers. The proposal presented by Elsevier last week totally fails
to address this inevitable change. The universities hope that Elsevier
will submit an amended proposal. ‘From now on we will inform our
researchers about the consequences of this deadlock’, says Gerard
Meijer, president of Radboud University Nijmegen and chief negotiator
on behalf of the VSNU."


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