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Financing open access publications

Publishing deals

For almost 9,000 of the ca 30,000 journals to which the UvA Library has a subscription, an open-access agreement has been signed. UvA researchers can publish in these journals, often with 100% reduction, so that anyone has access.
To check if UvA has an agreement with the publisher of a specific journal, search the E-journals list by title, subject or ISSN. Title with an agreement show a combination of an open xxx with the term ‘Discount’ (see example). Click the title and the UvA-linker pops up. Journals for which there is an open-access agreement have, at the bottom of the UvA-linker window, the link to the conditions: UvA open access agreement (see example).

An up-to-date survey of journals in which corresponding authors of Dutch universities and Academic Medical Centres can publish in open access freely or with a reduction, can be found via Please note that the UvA does not have an agreement for all the titles in this list. And some titles, for which UvA does have an agreement, are missing in this national list.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Information on the agreement with ACS at

BioMed Central 

BioMed Central contains over 290 quality peer-reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine and Health. For scientific authors at UvA (including the AMC) it is therefore 15% cheaper to publish their articles with BioMed Central. In order to qualify, authors must mention that the university is a supporting member
Contact person: Lieuwe Kool, head Medical Library AMC.


UvA (plus AMC) is a member of BMJ, which includes an open access discount for corresponding authors at UvA. BMJ will recognise authors by asking them to state their membership affiliation when submitting their article during submission. Select: AMC. The editorial team will check the authors email domain for verification and provide the author with a 25% discount code.


Information on the agreement with Brill at

Cambridge University Press

Information on Cambridge University Press at


Corresponding authors who have used their UvA email address ( and whose paper has been accepted as of 14 June 2017 can publish with Cogitatio in open access at no additional costs.

De Gruyter

This publisher allows corresponding UvA authors a substantial reduction to publish in journals to which the UvA has a subscription. The remaining costs (10%) are paid by the Library.

Information on the agreement with De Gruyter at


Information on the agreement with Elsevier at


Information on the agreement with Emerald at


Information on the agreement with Karger at

Knowledge Unlatched

Via the non-profit organisation Knowledge Unlatched libraries can share the cost of publishing monographs in open access. In this model there is no need for financing by an author or institution. If there is sufficient interest from the participating libraries, the monograph will be published in open access. If the libraries which take part in Knowledge Unlatched acquire a monograph, whether in print or electronically, they automatically contribute to its being published in open access. Knowledge Unlatched keeps account of how much libraries have paid. As soon as this equals the publisher’s fixed fee ($12,000 on average), the monograph is published in open access. So if 200 libraries acquire the monograph, they will only have to pay $60 each. By this cooperation the libraries create a sustainable business model for open-access books. Publishers taking part are Brill, Cambridge University Press and University of Michigan Press, and especially Language Science Press.

The UvA supports Knowledge Unlatched.

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Information on the agreement with Lippincott W&W at

Maandblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfseconomie (MAB) 

The Library supports this initiative. UvA authors can publish free of charge in MAB


Until 31 January 2018, the first and corresponding authors receive a 10% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC). Mention the UvA affiliation in the paper and on submission select membership. On the basis of the IP address and email domain, it is decided who is entitled to a reduction.

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

All results from NWO-funded research for which the calls for proposals were issued after 1 December 2015 must be published via open access. You can choose either the gold route (the publisher publishes the article open access on its website) or the green route (the researcher places a version of the article in a repository, such as UvA-DARE). More information can be found on the NWO website, which also includes a Q&A section on the tightened policy.

Open Library of Humanities

Thanks to financial support from the Library, UvA authors can publish free of charge in the Open Library of Humanities.

Oxford University Press

Information on the agreement with Oxford University Press at


PeerJ is the name of an open-access peer-reviewed scientific publisher, focusing on the biological and medical sciences. A lifetime publishing plan for one author normally costs $199. The Library has bought a number of these publishing plans, thus enabling 50 UvA researchers to publish in open access for the rest of their lives. In order to qualify for a lifetime publishing plan, go to A pop-up window mentions UvA's institutional plan (click it) or you will see the payment page with an option to select UvA. 

Royal Society of Chemistry

Information on the agreement with RSC at


Information on the agreement with SAGE at

SciPost Physics 

Thanks to financial support from the Library, UvA authors can publish free of charge in SciPost Physics.

Sociological Science

The UvA is a supporting member of Sociological Science. The submission fee and the (open access) publication fee are not a part of the membership and will not be paid for by the library.

Sociologie (journal)

The Library supports this initiative. UvA authors can publish free of charge in Sociologie.

Springer Open Choice

Open Choice allows you to publish open access in the majority of Springer’s subscription-based journals. Information on the agreement with Springer at


SpringerOpen contains over 200 peer-reviewed, fully open-access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences. SpringerOpen gives UvA researchers a 15% discount when publishing articles online. In order to qualify, authors must mention that the university is a supporting member
Contact person: Lieuwe Kool, head Medical Library AMC.

Taylor and Francis

Information on the agreement with Taylor and Francis at


Information on the agreement with Thieme at


Information on the agreement with Wiley at

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