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Financing open access publications

Berkeley has made a selective list of costs of open access publishing per journal / publisher.

We have agreements with the following publishers and funders.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

UvA has 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 ACS member. Those UvA employees who are not a ACS member have to pay $2000 to publish an article.

Knowledge Unlatched

Via the non-profit organisation Knowledge Unlatched libraries can share the cost of publishing monographs on 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 on open access.

If the libraries which have joined Knowledge Unlatched acquire a monograph, whether in print form or electronically, they automatically contribute to its being published on 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 on open access. So if 200 libraries acquire the monograph, then 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, just to name a few, Brill, Cambridge University Press and University of Michigan Press.

The UvA supports Knowledge Unlatched by subscribing to 28 titles from the pilot collection.

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

NWO researchers can request funding for their open-access publications. 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. 

An initial budget of 2.5 million euro is available to cover the authors' costs for Open Access publications. NWO will reserve the other 2.5 million euro for unforeseen circumstances. The funding will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  A € 5000 budget is available per NWO-project.  The researcher/applicant needs to 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.

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. The funding for open access books runs from January 1st, 2011 till July 1st, 2012. 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 2500 euro.  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 1 author normally costs $99. The Library bought 100 of these publishing plans, which will enable 100 UvA researchers to publish on 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 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 (mail:; 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 by December 2014.

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

SAGE Choice

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

  • all articles published in one of the 158 selected journals (see SAGE Choice Programme Journal Titles (spreadsheet)), and
  • where the corresponding author is employed at a Dutch university.

The corresponding author employed at 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 ccess publishing fee).

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

  1. The discount only applies 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 authorize. 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 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 discounted 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 he/she is entitled to receive the discount. SAGE does not have the resources to check every application. If you have questions about submitting your article, please email T. Kagner or S. Broomhead (SAGE).

Terminated agreements and initiatives


  • BioMed Central (BMC). The University of Amsterdam was up to June 2014 a BioMed Central Membership Supporter. Members received a 15% discount on the article processing charges for any primary research material published by BioMed Central.
  • Springer Open Choice agreement. The ‘Open Choice’-agreement (pdf) between Springer and all Dutch universities has been terminated. The agreement entailed that all authors affiliated with a Dutch university did not have to pay for open access publishing with Springer. If an author wishes to publish an article that has been accepted after July 1st, 2012 as Open Choice, the author or his/her financer must pay the fee themselves. The agreement does still apply to articles accepted by Springer before July 1st, 2012.
  • OA Fund. The UvA's Open Access Fund was active from 2007- May 2009. Due to a precarious financial situation the UvA has decided that the OA fund will not be extended after 2009. Researchers of the UvA can no longer obtain funding from the Open Access fund. All honoured applications will be paid for.  Requests will no longer be granted. 

Published by  University Library UvA

12 November 2014