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Financing open access publications

For almost 5000 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. 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 text UvA open access agreement (see example).

An up-to-date survey of journals in which researchers of Dutch universities and Academic Medical Centres can publish in open access freely or with a reduction, can be found via Not all titles in this list hold for UvA. And some titles for which UvA has an agreement are missing.

At there is an up-to-date overview of more than 4,500 journals in which corresponding authors of Dutch universities and academic hospitals can publish in open access free fo charge or with a substantial discount.

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.

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, to name just a few.

The UvA supports Knowledge Unlatched.

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Information on the agreement with Lippincott W&W at


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)

NWO researchers can request funding for their  open-access publications, provided they are accepted by an open-access journal. NWO no longer finances publications in subscription journals.  A €6,000 budget is available per NWO project. 

The researcher/applicant must submit the following data:

  • the URL of the article (the DOI),
  • the number of the NWO project, and
  • the fee needed for publication.

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 their 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.

Funds have also been reserved to launch open-access journals, open data, open-access books and conferences which focus on open access. For more information, please see OAPEN-NL or the NWO website.

Academic conferences that give attention to open access can count on a financial contribution from NWO up to €2,500. It concerns sessions which draw attention to the importance of publishing in publications that are accessible to anyone.

Open Library of Humanities

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


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

The University of Amsterdam has the opportunity to make 13 articles, published by UvA staff in journals of the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry), available for open access. This way, these articles are available not only to subscribers, but to everyone. The action, Gold for Gold, will end at April 2017.

If you would like to use this opportunity, please contact Kasper Abcouwer,, as soon as RSC has informed you that your article had been accepted.

More informatie on the agreement with RSC at


Information on the agreement with SAGE at

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 give 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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Published by  Library UvA

8 March 2017