An exchange for full open access Elsevier requests full cooperation in a number of (meta)data projects, a leaked negotiating document reveals. Initial responses to the proposed deal show a fear of ‘vendor lock-in’ and condemn tying open access to open science goals.
Friday’s revelations about the ongoing negotiations between Dutch Universities and Elsevier have led to a stream of dismayed reactions. As a negotiating offer the publisher has indicated to be willing grant open access to all of its journals – possibly even including flagship publications such as Cell and The Lancet – with no increase in contract costs. The company is willing to do this in exchange for an extensive pilot program on metadata.