Norwegian universities and university colleges have agreements with several academic publishers on access to scientific literature. Currently, several such agreements are being renegotiated, and an important aspect is Norway’s National goals and guidelines for open access to scientific articles. This maintains that all Norwegian, publicly funded scientific articles must be open access by 2024, and this goal must be reached without an increase in cost.
In the current subscription system, scientific articles are behind paywalls, and the large international publishers are charging more and more for subscriptions. Norwegian institutions are currently paying more than 330 million NOK every year for reading access to scientific articles, including those written by scientists in Norwegian institutions.
Current negotiations with certain publishers are not showing sufficient movement towards open access. Reaching an agreement by January 2019 will be difficult. Norwegian higher education institutions are likely to lose access to several journals from these publishers.