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New five-year agreement between Dutch universities and Elsevier

19 May 2020

The new agreement lets corresponding UT authors publish Open Access at a 100% discount in more than 2000 Elsevier journals. It is the first national Open Science partnership worldwide.

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), and The Dutch Research Council (NWO) jointly entered into this new agreement with Elsevier. The agreement lasts until the end of 2024, and comprises reading and open-access publishing on the one hand, and open-science services for research intelligence and scholarly communication on the other.

Reading and open-access publishing
The new agreement covers reading rights for UT authors. On top of that, corresponding UT authors who submit an article to one of the 2224 journals that are part of this agreement can publish their article open access at a 100% discount.

When you’ve chosen a journal to submit your article to, please verify the journal’s conditions for a possible discount in the UT Journal Browser. For a walkthrough of the journal browser, see ‘How to publish Open Access for free as a UT author’ on

Open-science services
The agreement parties will jointly develop new open-science services for disseminating and evaluating knowledge. Their participation in pilot projects will allow them to tailor the services to the needs of the Dutch research institutions and to support the broader ambition of public engagement with science.

For practical information about publishing open access under this agreement, for the agreement contract, and for FAQs, please visit

Any questions? The information specialist of your faculty will gladly help you.

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