Negotiations between Elsevier and universities in the Netherlands over journal subscription fees have broken down over disagreements on Open Access.
VSNU, the association of universities in the Netherlands, said that negotiations had "ground to a halt", after Elsevier had submitted a proposal for new terms which had not addressed the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science's policy that academic publications should be freely accessible. The ministry wants 100% of Dutch academic publications to be Open Access in 10 years.
In the statement, VSNU said that Dutch universities were only prepared to renew "big deal" agreements with academic publishers if those publishers "take steps towards Open Access". It added that it hoped Elsevier would submit an amended proposal.
Elsevier did not respond to The Bookseller's request for comment.