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Financing open access publications

The University of California at Berkeley has made a selective list of the cost of open-access publishing per journal / publisher.

The UvA has agreements with the following publishers and funders.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

We have an institutional ACS subscription. This means we are entitled to the discount agreement for ACS AuthorChoice. UvA employees have to pay $1000 to publish an article when they are an ACS member. Those UvA employees who are not ACS members have to pay $2000 to publish an article.

BioMed Central 

UvA is a supporting member of the open-access platform BioMed Central.

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 


The Dutch universities and Elsevier have reached an agreement on the package of journals in which UvA-researchers can publish open access without extra cost. Questions?

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. When there is sufficient interest from the libraries taking part, your monograph will be published in open access.

If the libraries which have joined 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 ($12000 on average), the monograph is published in open access. So if 200 libraries acquire the monograph, they will then have to pay only $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 by subscribing to 28 titles from the pilot collection.


Primary and corresponding authors receive a 10% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC) until 31 January 2017.

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

NWO researchers can request funding for their publications in open-access journals only. NWO no longer finances publications in subscription journals. The request can only be made by the main applicant whose project is being financed by NWO and the article must be a result of the NWO funded research project. Requests made by others will be turned down by NWO. A €6,000 budget is available per NWO project. The researcher/applicant must send the following three items to NWO:

  • 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. The two options are the gold route (where the publisher publishes the article open access on its website) and the green route (where the researcher places a version of their article in a repository, e.g. 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, and open-access books and to set up conferences that focus on open access. For more information, please check OAPEN-NL or the NWO website.

Academic conferences that focus on open access can receive a financial contribution with a maximum of €2,500. A conference has a focus on open access when in several sessions attention is given to the importance of publishing in publications that are freely available to anyone.


A PeerJ lifetime publishing plan for one author normally costs $99. The Library bought 100 of these publishing plans, thus enabling 100 UvA researchers to publish in open access for the rest of their lives. PeerJ is the name of an open-access peer-reviewed scientific journal. There is also PeerJ PrePrints. Both focus on the biological and medical sciences. If you, as a UvA researcher, would like to take part in such a lifetime publishing plan, please contact Saskia Woutersen (email:; tel. 020 5252412).

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. As a result these articles can be read not only by subscribers, but by everyone. This opportunity, Gold for Gold, will end in April 2017.

As soon as RSC informs you that your article had been accepted, please send an email to Kasper Abcouwer,

SAGE Choice

An open-access agreement has been made between SAGE and all Dutch universities. The agreement with Sage covers:

Authors of such articles, employed by a Dutch university, will receive a 90% discount on the open-access publishing fee and will receive an invoice for $300 (10% of Sage’s open-access publishing fee).

If these conditions apply to you, you must inform SAGE in time that you are entitled to a discount since you are an author from a UKB (Consortium of the Dutch Universities and National Library) institution. Please consult the procedures carefully.

  1. The discount applies only to the titles that are in the SAGE Choice Scheme and in SAGE Premier 2012 as listed in the file SAGE Choice Programme Journal Titles (spreadsheet).
  2. All submitting authors are alerted to the fact that the SAGE Choice option exists for a title when they are sent an acceptance email, and again when they are sent the Contributors Agreement which they must authorise. If they follow the link provided by either of these SAGE forms, they will be directed to a SAGE Choice Invoice Template (example, Word document).
  3. Authors from UKB institutions should indicate that they are entitled to the discount by entering the code UKB90 in the “University/Institution Account Code” field. They should then return this form to the relevant email address at SAGE as instructed on the form. You will then receive an invoice for the discount rate of $300.
  4. Authors must indicate they are entitled to the UKB discount by using this code when initially applying for the SAGE Choice option. This is also the only way in which you can indicate that you wish to make use of the SAGE Choice option. Please note that the way in which the system is set up, it is not possible to apply the discount retrospectively!

It is the responsibility of the author to indicate that they are entitled to receive the discount. SAGE does not have the resources to check every application. If you have any questions about submitting your article, please email T. Kagner or S. Broomhead (SAGE).


The VSNU institutions (of which UvA is one) and Springer publishers have come to an agreement about open-access publishing. This entails that articles by authors affiliated to a VSNU or NFU organisation (‘corresponding’) will be published open access without any costs for the author.

The agreement holds for ca 1500 journals within the Springer OpenChoice programme. It holds for all articles accepted from 1 January 2015.

From now on, Springer will ask corresponding authors to which institution they are affiliated. If an author selects UvA (including the AMC), then both Springer and the UvA Library will verify this. Verification takes place during the production process of the article and will not require any extra time.

See all journals and articles covered by the VSNU-Springer agreement.

For more information on workflow, verification process or institutions covered, see: or contact UBAcoach.


As of March 2016, VSNU and Wiley publishers have agreed on open access. If you, as a UvA author, are notified by Wiley that your article has been accepted, you can indicate via the author services pages that it must be published in open access by selecting UvA in the drop-down menu (Funder/Institution payment). This way you declare that the author processing charge has been paid via the VSNU agreement. There are no extra costs for you.
The agreement holds for 1400 hybrid journals. Wiley also publishes 60 full open access journals. These are not covered by the agreement.

For more information see the Q&A open access at VSNU.

Published by  Library UvA

27 May 2016