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The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and universities are implementing measures to reduce pressure on the academic community 

Dutch academia is in the international vanguard. This tremendous achievement is down to the efforts of our researchers day in, day out. However, the downside of our success is becoming increasingly evident. Unrelenting growth in terms of student numbers, attendant underfunding from the public purse and competition for research funding have given rise to considerable pressure on the academic community.

Dutch research institutions and Elsevier reach framework agreement

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and information and analytics business Elsevier have reached a framework agreement. NWO President Stan Gielen: “This agreement is in accordance with Plan S and is a huge step towards 100% open access and therefore a major breakthrough for open science in the Netherlands.” Overall it means that Dutch research institutions and Elsevier will embark on a new and innovative approach to scientific research, making it more transparent, collaborative, efficient, in support of social issues and questions. VSNU’s chief-negotiator Tim van der Hagen: “This is the beginning of a new way of working for science. We will be in the driving seat of what’s important for science in the future and the applicable rules of engagement and services needed in this context.”