[open-science] Yesterday, we leaked the French agreement with Elsevier

Rembrandt Bakker r.bakker at donders.ru.nl
Tue Nov 11 16:27:05 UTC 2014

Hi everyone,

Congratulations with the revealing article. You did your homework well, 
mentioning the reassuring news from The Netherlands that negotiators 
from the joint Dutch Universities, backed by the Ministry of Education 
(and other things), are not giving in that easily. The link in the 
article points to another link which is broken. Here is the proper 
statement on the failed negotiations:

What the Dutch negotiators aim for is that Elseviers does get paid a 
lump sum of money, similar to what it receives today from all the Dutch 
libraries together, but that in return they should publish all articles 
from researchers at those universities as Open Access without further 
fees. The driving force behind this is that funding bodies realize that 
if they require open access publications, they also need to pay for 
that. But they already pay the libraries for journal subscriptions.
Without these negotiations, the open access requirement would be an 
additional subsidy for the publishers.

Given that the negotiations failed, as a Dutch researcher I now face the 
risk of having to ask authors of recent non-open access publications to 
send me a pdf. For legacy stuff from the 80s and 90s I will need to make 
friends in France...

Rembrandt Bakker

On 11-11-14 16:49, Rayna wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Just a short message to highlight a piece we wrote with Pierre-Carl
> Langlais (@Dorialexander). It was published in a prominent online
> publication yesterday, in French and was aimed to release the recently
> concluded agreement between the French Ministry of Research and Elsevier.
> With precious help from Jenny and Katelyn, the piece is now available in
> English on the main OKF blog:
> http://blog.okfn.org/2014/11/11/france-prefers-to-pay-twice-for-papers-by-its-researchers/
> Such secret contracts are what hinders any meaningful incentive to an
> Open Access policy. This is the first installment in a series of
> materials we will be running in the coming weeks, aiming to achieve
> greater transparency (and later on, to conquer the world ;) ).
> Comments, insights, ideas, tweets, etc. greatly appreciated,
> Rayna
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> "Change l'ordre du monde plutôt que tes désirs."
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