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Dutch Universities and Brill reach Transformative Agreement

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 7 February 2020

UKB, the Dutch consortium of university libraries, and the international scholarly publisher Brill have reached a Transformative Agreement for the years 2020 and 2021.

The agreement provides reading access to Dutch researchers at 9 institutions and allows for unlimited Open Access publishing in all Brill journals. Brill’s journal portfolio consists of more than 330 hybrid and fully Open Access titles in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law, and Biology. Articles which have already been published in 2020 will be made Open Access retroactively.

“Low barriers to publish Open Access are of special importance for Humanities disciplines which are well represented in the Brill package. Dutch universities participating in this agreement are therefore very enthusiastic about it. Also because it fits in our Roadmap Open Access and the National Plan Open Science,” says the UKB licensing group.

“We are very excited to have reached our first read and publish deal with universities in the Netherlands. It will increase the visibility and impact of research in fields which are vital for addressing today’s global challenges. The deal motivates us to continue our efforts to find sustainable Open Access publishing solutions with our library and funding partners around the world,” says Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer at Brill.

Brill is one of the leading independent publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences with a broad OA portfolio consisting of more than 400 OA books and several thousand OA journal articles.

For more information about the agreement visit the Information for Authors from the Netherlands page ( or contact Stephanie Paalvast, Program Manager Open Access at Brill, via [email protected].

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 330 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit

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