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This February the 10.000th open access article is administered that was published without any additional costs by Dutch researchers in 2019 under the national open access agreements with publishers. Also this year there are again new and extended agreements between university libraries and publishers on open access publishing.

The first Dutch national open access agreement with a publisher was in 2014 with Springer. Now for every new agreement with a publisher, besides reading rights to their journals, also settlement of open access publications for researchers in those journals are part of the agreement. This is why also UvA researcher scan publish today without any additional costs in thousands of journals of more than fifteen academic publishers. The agreements are negotiated by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) in cooperation with the Dutch Consortium of Academic Libraries (UKB).

Last year was the first year that there were more than 10.000 articles published open access without additional costs in a year under the agreements; this is monitored by openaccess.nl, the national information page on open access for the Netherlands.

Also in 2020 some new agreements are in place with publisher, for example with BMJ, IOP and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Some other were renewed, e.g. with Elsevier, Brill, Cambridge University Press, Walter de Gruyter, SAGE and Wiley. All with an extended amount of journals partaking in the agreement. Besides the national agreements, the Library also has some local discount agreements with publishers.

For an overview of the publishers agreement and the conditions, see openaccess.nl. Search the Open Access Journal Browser to find out if a specific journal is part of an agreement.

More information and contact information for questions on open access can be found on the Open Access webpage of the Library.