This agreement is a matter of partnership and cooperation. Along the basic principles already defined by us (see Q16), we develop the rules of engagement that would under the basis of the services we develop together. NFU / AMSTERDAM UMC CEO Hans Romijn said: «This is certainly a revolutionary agreement in open access publishing in medicine from a national and international perspective, given the significant impact and volume of Elsevier magazines. This will certainly contribute significantly to the development of research and, above all, to the improvement of treatments for our patients. Gino Ussi, Executive Vice-President at Elsevier: «This MoU is an important step towards achieving Dutch research and open scientific ambitions and consolidating the Netherlands` reputation as innovative leaders in the international research community. This announcement is a long time in the emergence, which means that four partners have taken time in research and allowed each other to explore the possibilities and limitations of this new and unique collaboration. We look forward to formalizing the agreement with our trusted partners in the first months of 2020. The parties have been bubbling up the agreement since December, but the coronary virus crisis has accelerated the process. Kumsal Bayazit, CEO of Elsevier, said: «This agreement, the first of its kind in the world, is proof of the future character of the Dutch research community. We are pleased to work with the Dutch community to promote science and health outcomes through more open, reproducible and collaborative communication and scientific knowledge systems.

As the deadline lasted only a few weeks, an agreement was presented in May. It should be noted that this occurred even before the task force was able to present its guidelines. It is not clear why both sides wanted to conclude the negotiations, but it is clear that it has been proven that the treaty has suffered from clarity. The two parties are united in marriage, but the marital agreements are long and vague. A «I do it» reluctantly, at best. In the coming months, a working group will continue to define the rules of engagement and develop the governance structure. To fill the transition period, the parties agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding to allow continuous and extensive access to the reading and publication services of the agreement. If the parties reach a final agreement, the contract will be made public and registered in the ESAC register. This led to the agreement announced today by VSNU, NFU, NWO and Elsevier, which stipulates that 95% of Dutch articles published in Elsevier magazines will appear outside the magazine paywalls. The company has committed to extending the open access option to all remaining titles, but Cell and The Lancet, Elsevier`s two most prestigious health magazines, are currently excluded from the agreement. In a recent blog post, Sarah de Rijcke, scientific director and professor of scientific, technological and innovation studies at CWTS, questioned the presentation of the agreement with Elsevier as an «open science deal». «It is clear that Elsevier has much to gain from this agreement.