Why is there less access to scientific literature?
The VSNU (the association of universities in the Netherlands) is negotiating with publishers on behalf of the Dutch universities. This results in so-called big deals that give university employees and students access to the journals of these publishers. The VSNU wants new agreements that make the transition to open access (free access to scientific literature) possible at a reasonable price: The VSNU is willing to pay the full price for access to these journals that increasingly comprise open-access articles, but wants university authors to be able to publish open access in these journals for free or at a discount. Due to difficult negotiations with publishers, there may be less access to scientific journals as of 2018. These big deals may not be continued in 2018.
No new agreement with Royal Society of Chemistry
Unfortunately, the VSNU has not come to a new agreement with publisher Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for 2018.
What are the implications for UT employees and students?
UT employees and students will have to use alternative routes to access any articles that are published in RSC journals as of March 1st, 2018. Articles that were published before that date will remain accessible through the digital library.
UT authors will have to use alternative routes to publish open access (OA) for free or at a discount. This is possible in many journals from other publishers. For an overview of those journals, consult the UT Journal Browser. For other OA alternatives, visit www.utwente.nl/openaccess.
How can I access these publications from 2018 after all?
Consult this flyer that was developed by the UKB for alternatives for access to content.