Forum 2015 – Access to Health Research: Open access

See this news item in the BMJ (11 July 2015):

‘Dutch universities plan to boycott Elsevier after it fails to agree open access deal: Universities in the Netherlands are to ask their researchers to resign from editor in chief posts with Elsevier journals because the publisher will not agree an open access deal. The universities won’t renew a deal in which they gain access to all of Elsevier’s subscription journals unless the publisher ensures, without significant price rises, that 60% of the country’s scientific output is open access by 2019 and 100% by 2024. If this action does not succeed the universities plan to ask Dutch researchers to stop reviewing for Elsevier journals and may, as a last resort, ask them to stop publishing papers in its titles.’

The drive towards open access seems to be inexorable.

Best wishes,


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