The Dutch Approach to Achieving Open Access

Wilma van Wezenbeek, Maria Heijne

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    In this paper, the authors – both of whom are library directors and involved in the contract negotiations with the bigger scientific publishers – present the conditions that formed the Dutch approach in these negotiations. A combination of clear political support, a powerful delegation, a unique bargaining model and fidelity to their principles geared the Dutch to their success in achieving open access. The authors put these joint license and open access negotiations in the perspective of open science and show that they are part of the transition towards open access.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberAR3181
    Number of pages9
    JournalBibliothek - Forschung und Praxis
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2017


    • open access publishing
    • The Netherlands
    • negotiations
    • big deals
    • lessons learned


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