No agreement with Oxford University Press (OUP): Q&A

What are the consequences for me as a UT researcher?

As long as there is no agreement, you will have to use alternative routes to access any articles that are published by OUP as of June 1st, 2017. You can still access the articles published by OUP prior to this date, through the regular channels. You can also access all articles from the following four journals throughout 2017: BioScience; Science & Public Policy; Journal of Consumer Research; and Social Problems within Europe.

There are no consequences concerning publication in OUP journals. If you wish to publish open access in a journal published by OUP, your research group will have to pay for this, unless explicit agreements to the contrary have been made.

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How to gain access to recent articles from OUP: alternatives

- Although the full text may not be available to you, publishers share Tables of Content and abstracts on their website, and through alerting services such as Scopus.com

- Maybe the authors have a profile on Researchgate.net or Academia.edu, where they share their publications

- If you find an interesting title, you may try to contact the authors (via the “corresponding author”) and ask for a personal copy. This is allowed under the fair use agreements

- You could try to find an open version on the internet. Several methods exit:

* Copy the full title into Scholar.google.com and you get the location of open versions on the right hand side of the page (if available), for instance on researchgate

* Copy the full title into google.com and add filetype:pdf (assuming that sharing will be done with pdf)

* Copy the full title in scienceopen.com/search, filter for title

* Check opendoar.org, which has a Google Custom Search engine working on repositories, and will give more precise results than a general google search

* Go to PubmedCentral, a full-text archive of biomedical and life science articles, used (among others) for providing open access to research funded by NIH and NIH-related organisations

- Add the extension unpaywall from unpaywall.org to your browser (for Chrome and Firefox) and get notified whether an open version is available

- Ask on Twitter with #icanhazpdf

- Apply for a copy through InterLibraryLending. Requests for OUP articles published after May 2017 will be delivered, if allowed by the publishers’ agreements. These will be free of charge for scientific staff

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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.

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Wasn't there an agreement with OUP already?

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.

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What are the universities requesting?

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can we start individual subscriptions?

We will not start individual subscriptions to other OUP journals, since this would affect future negotiations with OUP.

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To what OUP journals will I no longer have access as of June 1st, 2017?

List of OUP journals

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Where can I get more information? 

For more information, contact the University Library infoUB@utwente.nl or the information specialist of your faculty.

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