Scholars in action

Recently Dutch legal scholars sent an open letter to Kluwer, the most important publisher of legal books and journals. Sixty two professors urgently request a reduction of the costs this publisher charges universities. They calculated that annually Dutch universities pay 5 million euros to Kluwer for access to and reusage of legal publications they wrote themselves. Kluwer does not permit availability of the publications in Open Access. Those who signed the letter consider this to be undesirable.
The process leading up to publication is paid for by public money and commercial publishers force universities to sign expensive contracts for access to those publications.