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Dutch institutions to benefit from increased open access publication

Dutch institutions to benefit from increased open access publication and a growing collection of social science research thanks to a ‘read and publish’ deal agreed with Emerald for the next two years

Via the SURF consortium, Dutch universities will benefit from open access publication at no additional charge, and a growing collection of research supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

14 of the leading academic institutions in the Netherlands will have access to an extensive collection of research supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals over the next two years, thanks to a deal struck by the SURF consortium and Emerald.

As part of the forward-looking ‘read and publish’ deal, authors at those institutions will be able to publish an increasing number of open access articles at no additional charge in Emerald publications, supporting the Netherlands’ national open access mandate and demonstrating Emerald’s commitment to ‘being open to open’. This includes publication on the new Emerald Open Research platform launched earlier this year.

Emerald Open Research is a new and pioneering way to rapidly publish a range of research outputs, from original research articles to case studies and data notes. With open peer review controlled by the author and an open data policy, research will be freely available to read, download and reuse, reaching a truly broad audience.

The 14 libraries will be able to tailor their resources and budgets to their respective institutions’ needs.

Shariq Mumtaz, Managing Director for Global Sales at Emerald, said: “It’s vital that institutions and their communities are able to access the most relevant and impactful research created by some of the world’s leading social sciences researchers. This research helps us to look at the world differently – whether that be in relation to crime, society, health, community or culture – and inspires critical thinking that can positively impact upon society as a whole. We are committed to increasing the amount of this critical research which is made available open access, in addition to supporting open peer review and open data. We are delighted to reach a progressive agreement with SURF which drives the visibility of Dutch open research.”

Gilbert van Nunen, Manager Content-Procurement at SURF, said: “We are pleased that our researchers and students can continue to make use of content provided by Emerald, and we are happy to see Emerald thinking along with us about developments towards open access.”

Ian Schroeder, Emerald’s Business Manager for the Netherlands, said: “We have a good and long-standing relationship with SURF, so we could understand their needs and be flexible to their requirements. We are proud to support the historic and vibrant research culture within the Netherlands. I’ll be discussing opportunities with each individual customer to ensure we can provide the best support in both accessing and publishing leading social science research.”

About SURF:

SURF, on behalf of UKB (the Dutch consortium of university libraries and the National library of the Netherlands) and SHB (the consortium of libraries of the Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences),concludes agreements with national and international publishers of academic and other journals and databases which are relevant to education and research. These agreements give researchers, lecturers and students at more than 75 Dutch institutions access to publications and content in journals and databases.


Alexandra Williams
Marketing Manager